J is for The Joker #AtoZChallenge

April 12, 2016 , In: Geek , With: 10 Comments

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.

My theme is “All Things Geek.”


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.

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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.)

What is your favorite version of the Joker?




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  1. Reply

    I have to say that I am old enough that the only Joker I know is from thel TV series with Adam West as Batman – and who knows who as the Joker. I am sure he must have been there.

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      Yes! I almost added him to the list. Cesar Romero, I believe. I hope I spelled his name correctly.

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    I’d have to Jack Nicholson is probably my favourite Joker – to me his Batman movie is iconic. I just don’t really appreciate the recent Batman movies – the last one I enjoyed was Batman Begins.
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      I need to watch that one again. I think it scarred me as a child, but I’d probably like it now! He is an amazing actor.

    • Thea OBrian
    • April 12, 2016

    I like the Jack Nicholson version of the Joker myself even though I wouldn’t be caught dead in front of him in person. Ha! They look so terrifying just on the screen.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.

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      Jack Nicholson really knows how to be a crazy person, that’s for sure!

  3. Reply

    I love Joker and enjoyed ur take on him.


  4. Reply

    When reading the title. Thought you’d take the day off and using a Joker *rotfl*

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