This month, TONS of blog are participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. We need to post each day (except Sundays) surrounding our theme that we’ve chosen. Each post begins with the next letter in the alphabet. To see the other blogs participating, click here.
Yikes. I am talking about villains a LOT this theme…oh well. Baddies are fun to talk about, right?
Let’s talk about The Joker. There are many versions–all crazy.
Screenshot from Wikipedia article on “The Joker”
According to Wikipedia, the Joker was inspired by the actor Conrad Veidt in the movie The Man Who Laughs (1928). This evil villain is usually portrayed as an insane man with a deformed face. He often uses poisonous gas (sometimes laugh-until-you-die sort of gas) to help him commit his crimes. He is one of Batman’s first and possibly most deadly enemies. How can you destroy someone who has nothing to gain and nothing to lose?
While (AGAIN) I don’t have much experience with the Batman comic books, I have seen several adaptions of the Joker in cartoons and movies.
My favorite version of the Joker so far is Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. He brought a touch of insanity, humor, and pure evil to the character that chilled me to the bone.
I remember my dad watching the Jack Nicholson version of the Joker on TV one night and that was nuts. All I remember was being super afraid and a woman splashes the character with a cup of water (?) which somehow makes the white makeup appear on his face. I honestly have not seen this version of since, but that image of the Joker laughing after the makeup starts to appear will forever be with me.
I also LOVE that Mark Hamill voices the Joker in the animated Batman series. LOVE.
I’m very interested to see Jared Leto’s take on the character in Suicide Squad this year. That movie looks amazing! Have you seen the new trailer yet? (Trailer from Warner Bros.)