CNN reported about the website, The Ultimate Joker, that has started a petition to prevent the Joker from ever appearing in another movie.
"We think Heath deserves this honor," the site's team leader, Fer Barbella told CNN over the phone from Buenos Aires. "He is the ultimate Joker. We are Batman fans from the comics and from the movies. After we saw 'The Dark Knight' we thought this Joker was really the best. It deserves to be withdrawn from any Batman sequels."They also compare it to the retiring of Michael Jordan's #23 jersey after he retired from the Chicago Bulls. When they have 50,000 names, they plan on approaching Warner Bros. (they currently have 4461 supporters).
We already discussed here whether or not someone else could fill the Joker's shoes. Yes, Ledger was great. I think the idea of the Joker never appearing in another movie is over the top. I just don't see it happening. If Warner Bros. can find the right person and make money, there's no way they wouldn't use the Joker. 50,000 is a lot of people but how many people saw the movie? How many would see another movie eventually with the Joker? It's tragic what happened but as they say, the show must go on.
And why stop at movies? What about cartoons and video games. Maybe we shouldn't see him in comics either because it'd be a reminder.