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So there's apparently a web page out there called "The Ultimate Joker" which is presuring
Hollywood to retire The Joker as a movie villain and let Ledger's version
stand as the last one.

I am so vehemently against this that I can't adequately
express it. Yes, Ledger's Joker was the best that I'd ever seen, and
yeah, I don't think you could improve on it. I'd go so far as to say that
anyone else trying to do Ledger's Joker would probably be a disappointment.
But I in no way this that justifies retiring such an amazing
villain! Ledger's death was a tragedy, and i'm still terribly disappointed
when I think that he'll never play another part again, but to deny Batman
his greatest rival, especially now, as the new franchise is taking
off, would simply be a crime.

I also don't believe that Ledger's performance, while amazing, is
"the best there could ever be." That's being a bit too harsh, I think, of
the potential of other actors. Even if no one can duplicate Ledger's
madman, what's to say they can't do a suitable reinterpretation?

The joker is and has been one of my favorite villains ever. The
counterpoint that he player to Batman was brilliantly brought out in The
Dark Knight
. But while Ledger brought the villain to life, he didn't
write the character or direct the scenes. Ledger was a great actor, but he
was just an actor. The joker can and should live on without him.

Date: 2009-02-10 11:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] metis2be.livejournal.com
I think it's kind of a stupid argument about whether the joker is redone or not. They're cycling through the villains each movie and it'll be years before they run out of main bad guys, so by the time they need to bring the joker back it'll be 5 years down the line and nobody will care anymore. So yeah, they shouldn't retire the joker because even as a concept he's awesome, but by the time they finish with two face, the penguin, poison ivy, mr freeze, and whoever else they feel like digging up the whole fanatical Ledger worship will have worn off. My biggest gripe with this is we won't get to see Harley until the joker's brought back, and she was always my favorite.

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