Sunday, May 20, 2007
The Joker first appeared in Batman in the 1940's. His character was inspired by actor Conrad Veidt's silent film "The Man Who Laughed". As a comic book villain, Joker has gone through several incarnations, the most disastrous being Caesar Romero's clownish portrayal in the sixties' television show. Nicholson gave us back some of Joker's menace, but only some. His portrayal was too much Nicholson being Nicholson.
But now we are being treated to Heath Ledger. I admit, I was wary when I heard his name. However, my doubts are slowly being worn away. Batman: The Dark Knight is in production, and the first of the images for the film are being leaked to the media.
Joker has evolved into one of the most evil figures in comicdom. Joker is genius incarnate, evil, seductive, the manipulative powers of Hannibal Lecter with the grandiosity of Adolph Hitler.