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OPINION

A New Look for The Joker? Good!

Author: Bill Ramey, Founder of BOF
Email: BATMANONFILM@MSN.COM
Posted: Monday, April 16, 2007

Fanboys will never be happy, that’s just part of the deal being one.

It's as if the first thing they teach us at fanboy school is that we must bitch and complain about everything. Overreact? You bet!

We get a little new about what The Joker in TDK might (and I stress might) look like -- or at least the direction they’re heading with the character -- and people freak out.

Memo to Batman fans: The TDK Joker is not going to look as if he jumped right out of a comic book. He’s not going to look or act like the Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson versions of the character. Chris Nolan, Heath Ledger, and company want to -- and should -- do something different this time around. If you are expecting the same ‘ol same ‘ol, you are setting yourself up to be disappointed.

With that said, there’s no doubt that The Joker that will see in TDK will be “The Joker.” Will he be wearing a purple tux with tails and a string tie? Probably not. Is he going to be chalk white? I’d guess no. Will he look different from other incarnations of the character we’ve seen before? Probably.

Guess what? I for one am damn glad.

The last thing that I wanted to see was another “Cesar/Jack Joker" with Heath Ledger under the white greasepaint this time around. Look, those guys were great in their own right, but let's do something fresh this time. Fresh, yet faithful to the spirit of the character.

My recommendation to all of y’all is to chill out and wait and see what Heath’s going to look like as The Clown Prince of Crime. And maybe -- I don’t know -- SEE THE MOVIE FIRST before making a final decision.


Heath Ledger will play The Joker in THE DARK KNIGHT

You know, back in '89, fanboys freaked out about the casting of Michael Keaton as The Batman. And just what the hell was Batman doing with this all-black, armored suit?! Where was his blue cape and cowl and gray tights?!

But, ya know, 'ol MK and his black Bat-suit kind of worked out OK, didn't they?

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