|The newest Batman movie is due out this summer.|
Can The Dark Knight Rises compare to The Dark Knight?
By Mary Majerus-Collins
WEST HARTFORD, Conn., U.S.A. – Many Batman fans noticed that in The Dark Knight, the Joker’s skin and hair do not appear to be actually white and green, but poorly dyed and painted.
|Heath Ledger as the Joker|
in the 2008 film, The Dark Night
Normally the internet trolls would be raging about this inaccuracy, but they are not. The reason there has been such little criticism of the Joker’s appearance is because of the fantastic job Heath Ledger did portraying him in the 2008 movie.
Ledger’s performance as the Joker is even better when juxtaposed with the subpar job done by Jack Nicholson in his version of the Joker in the 1998 Batman movie.
The pale skin and green hair worn by Nicholson were too comic to strike fear in viewers the way Ledger did as the clown prince of crime.
Ledger’s tangled green hair and white-streaked face, complete with scars that elongate his painted smile depict the grinning madman that’s been haunting children’s nightmares for decades.
Fear clowns, little children, for they blow up hospitals and burn money.
Movie watchers saw Ledger’s Joker as a psychotic maniac with an appearance to back it up. In The Dark Knight, the Joker looks like the type of guy one would find on the F.B.I.’s Most Wanted list.
|Jack Nicholson played the|
Joker in the 1989 film Batman
Ledger’s character portrayal is the type that makes people want to go hide under their sheets and cry. It’s also an extremely accurate film version of the Joker’s mind as shown in Batman books like A Death In The Family where the Joker beats Robin to death with a crowbar and then blows up his remains, The Last Laugh in which the Joker goads Nightwing into almost beating him to death and The Killing Joke when he shoots Barbra Gordon (also known as Batgirl), paralyzes her and tries to drive Police Commissioner Gordon insane.
This is opposed to Nicholson’s ‘family friendly’ (as long as the whole family is over 12) version. Nicholson’s big line is that one of his victims “got a little hot under the collar” after being electrocuted, as compared to Ledger’s infamous, “Why so serious?”
If the Joker is going to be a mass murdering madman, go the whole way and make it good.
If the Joker is the clever green-haired jokester from the ’60s television series then it’s not truly the Joker, it’s a male Harley Quinn. Also, Nicholson’s Joker dies at the end of his movie, breaking the cardinal ‘you can’t kill the Joker’ rule.
Batman can die, Robins can die and other superheroes can die, but the Joker can’t die.
The Dark Knight follows this rule and the spirit of the Batman-Joker relationship by setting up for an epic conclusion and last showdown between Batman and the Joker.
But fans will never see it, because Ledger died in 2008, bringing the Joker’s duel with Batman to an untimely end.
The Dark Knight is a great film, but could use one small change. The last image the audience gets of the Joker is of him, hanging upside down off the building with SWAT team flashlights on him, laughing hysterically.
The image then cuts to Batman entering 250 Fifty-Second St. to confront the villain Two-Face, formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent.
At this point in the movie, for a few seconds, there is no audio to speak of. Instead of the silence, the Joker’s laugh track should continue for a second or two after the scene change. Doing this would carryover the Joker’s presence through the scene with Two-Face and remind the audience that this is all the Joker’s work.
Also, it would be just plain awesome.
That film’s sequel, The Dark Knight Rises, will focus on another villain, Bane, instead of the Joker because no one can equal Ledger’s skill in the role.
Bane is a diabolical super villain, the only one to beat Batman and one of only two to discover his secret identity. The other is Hugo Strange and he is one of the lamest super villains ever and he died.
Bane has super strength from a drug called Venom that is pumped into his blood through tubes leading into his head.
Catwoman will also make an appearance in the new movie. It’s terrible that she hasn’t been introduced yet. Because she is Batman’s oldest foe, she should have been the villain in Batman Begins instead of Scarecrow, who was a lame version of the Joker and the old-fashioned Ra’s Al Ghul.
The Dark Knight Rises is based off of three Batman comics: Batman: No Man’s Land; the book where Bane is the primary villain Knightfall and The Dark Knight Returns.
A dystopian tale, The Dark Knight Returns is the worst Batman comic ever, with Superman killing Batman, a poorly trained Robin and the death of Alfred and subsequent collapse of Wayne Manor. And the Batmobile – giant, bulky and awkward – is terrible, unlike the Tumbler, which rocks.
Hopefully the new movie will be balanced by the awesomeness of the other two comic books, particularly No Man’s Land, which is one of the best comics ever, excluding those Joker comics mentioned above.
But director Christopher Nolan isn’t off to a very good start since the title itself is poor.
Looking at the titles of the first two movies, it is plain that the third movie should incorporate Batman’s third name, The Caped Crusader.
Using The Caped Crusader in the third movie title would avoid confusion between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises and give the last of the three Nolan films a name of its own.