May 21st, 2007
|01:35 pm - The Man Who Laughs|
Heath Ledger will likely give people nightmares based on his appearance as The Joker in the upcoming sequel to Batman Begins. And I'm not just talking small kids here. I was going to remote link the picture on here, but I'm not sure I want to be staring at that picture whenever I check my postings(...or is he staring at me?!).
So instead, click here, and feel all creeped out.
1) That is, indeed, a terrifying picture.
2) HEATH LEDGER???? WTF? He's not supposed to be a scary guy!
3) I feel as if this sequel is not needed. They've done Batman to death. Can't they give the Dark Knight a break already? Especially if they're just re-iterating the plotlines with Two-Face and the Joker. They've already covered those tracks.
I don't know, I think there's a lot more to the characters of Joker and Two-Face then first series of Batman films ever explored. Two-Face in Batman Begins was hardly a character as much as a generic bad guy with a quirk for coins, Jim Carey's Riddler was the "true villain" of the film. Jack Nicholson's Joker was a little better developed, but really lacked the nuances they gave to Bruce Wayne or Ra's al-Ghul in Batman Begins.
A good Joker story, especially since they're exploring him for the first time in the current series of films, should really look at the idea that Joker is other side of the same coin as Batman. There's a really good version of Joker's origin called "The Killing Joke" where Joker wasn't a bad guy but a failed comedian trying to earn a little money to support his wife and helping some guys rob a chemical plant, where the Batman accidentally knocks him into the chemical vat, bleaching his face and creating the Joker. The idea is one bad day caused the Joker to exist, but also a bad day for caused a young Bruce Wayne on the way to become Batman. One side chaos, the other side order. I'd love to see those themes explored in the next film.
The flip of the coin is also a good way and which side it falls in, is a good way to bring in Two-Face as well. A good storyteller, and I have faith in Chris Nolan based on the first film, could craft that into something much deeper then the average summer blockbuster, but still provide some fun action as well. Or so I hope.
They ain't playing around, are they? The very first thing I thought of when I saw that was John Wayne Gacy. I did an image search, and inadvertently came across this article
, which shows that I'm apparently not the only one who found the image evocative of the infamous serial killer.
Yikes. I hope the script is as strong as the concept work appears to be.
Thanks for destroying my Heath Ledger crush. Although it's not all THAT bad.
Slowly killing off women's desire for otherwise attractive men...
Looks like I'm doing my job. :p
|Date:||May 22nd, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)|| |
Oooooh . . . this bodes well for the sequal.