With all due respect to the late Heath ledger, I was not all that impressed with the Joker in “The Dark Night.” Why? Well, let me say this…why so serious Joker?
Ok, let’s look at the Joker in TDK. He was real. He was very real. He could be the escape convict that lives down the street. So, why is this a bad timing? I mean, isn’t the Joker supposed to be real? The answer is simple: Yes and No. The Joker is supposed to be very real, yet surreal at the same time. While the Joker in TDK did a great job of the former, they forgot the latter. To be honest, if they could somehow mesh the Joker from Batman: The Animated Series with the Joker from TDK, then perhaps we would have a great Joker.
Oh, but this Batman franchise is supposed to be based on the late 80’s batman! The one that shot Barbara Gordon in the spine (not even knowing she’s batgirl) just to drive Commissioner Gordon Crazy! Well, yes, but there’s two major flaws there. One, what is up with the scars firstly. It was clearly stated in The Killing Joke that The Joker fell into a vat of chemicals, and that is why he looks the way he does. This joker is not discolored, he uses clown make up and he has those scars which the Joker in the late 80’s did not have. Furthermore, can you possibly see this Joker as the UN ambassador for Iran?
Maybe they’ll get it right next time. Then again, at least it wasn’t that Ronald McDonald wannabe from the live action series in the 1960s.