The Next Joker? Who And Why...
I don't see why people want to re-do the joker as a Heath Ledger style Joker. Admittedly I loved that performance, but one of the reasons I loved it so much, was because it was so different than the other portrayals of the Joker, while still capturing the fundamental aspects of his character. Personally, I think the next joker should go back to the classic Gwynplaine look, with perhaps a bit more unkemptness, but not to the point of TDK. The Joker Blog guy is a fine imitator of the Ledger Joker, but that doesn't work without the context of the previous joker incarnations. Now that that Joker style is well known amongst the populace, it loses it's power.
I feel the next Joker should be the new actor's, director's and writer's interpretation of the Joker. Not try to recreate Ledger's Joker, like nothing happened and nothing is different. Start a new, don't do an impression.
I don't feel it is disrespectful to Ledger or any one else to keep this decades old character that has evolved into a cultural icon a part of the movies. Jeremy Brett was a fantastic Sherlock Holmes. But his sad early death does not mean no one should ever play the master sleuth again, either.
Crispen Glover is just to frail and effeminate and not menacing enough to be Joker. At least not as I see Joker. Some people see him that way, I know. But Joker fights Batman hand to hand and wins as much as he loses. I loved it when Ledger's Joker gave him a good beating and hated it when Nicholson's Joker tried one punch and hurt his hand. Joker SHOULD be a psychical threat as well as his schemes and dramatics, other wise the fight is over as soon as Batman gets in arms reach.
It's getting so anyone with an angular, long face with sharp features and a wide smile gets suggested. Hell, by those standards Matthew McConaughey and Woodey Harrelson qualify, and I'd burn the world down first to save it from a redneck white trash Joker.
It's hard to define but Joker has to have a very distinct, cultured and dangerous EDGE to him. His voice and movement and vibe just need to creep out menace, seem to cut you. Even when he is just standing there. Like Tommy the Hitman once said of Joker. "He oozes poison. Turning the world toxic around him just by standing there. And he's pleased as punch to be doing it." So brilliant he's insane. I would have selected Willam DaFoe or Gary Oldman for Joker except they are already Goblin and Gordon, respectfully.
If you don't think Oldman would make a fantastic Joker, check out his performance in The Professional. His killing spree through the apartment to the tune of music only he could hear played in his head. He sudden decision to stop for no real reaosne except he got bored. The grin. The rapid violent mood swing.
Really, he was Joker-like in that film in many respects.
A young Peter O Toole would be fantastic. But, you know, he is waaaay to old now but back in the day he would have been ideal. check out Night of The Generals and The Ruling Class to see him play insane killers who love to use a blade. Ruling Class is out there, but he is a lunatic who goes from thinking he is Jesus to thinking he is....someone else.
I'm going to have to stick with DaFoe as my first choice. He's versatile enough to make his Joker different and yet authentic, and differentiate him from his Green Goblin.
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