I know The Dark Knight was months ago and Heath Ledger died over a year ago, but recently I was late night interwebbing and came across an interesting site, linked from here, TheUltimateJoker.com has thousands of Heath Ledger fans signing a petition to take to Warner Bros. to have The Joker withdrawn from all subsequent Batman and presumably Justice League films (if they ever get made).
Now I’m a huge fan of what Ledger did, I think it was unreal, but I thought the same when I saw Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman. Both versions of the character will live forever in movie history. But personally I don’t think the character of The Joker should die with Ledger because The Joker is the best, most notorious and fun of Batman’s enemies.
The Crow wasn’t dropped when Brandon Lee tragically died, there were another 3 films and a TVseries, yet no-one, in my opinion, bettered Lee. I don’t know if anyone could top what Heath Ledger did, but someone could put a new spin on The Joker that could be just as good, or perhaps he will never be out done.
For the next decade, however, I do think The Joker should remain in Arkham, or wherever writers decide to put him.
It’s a subject that I have been in two minds about since he died. Ledger was one of my favourite actors since I saw him in 10 Things I Hate About You back in high school, I don’t want him forgotten or for someone else to try and bastardize his vision of The Joker. Yet The Joker was one of the first characters I remember dressing as after I saw Batman in primary school, I love the character, even Cesar Romero’s version I watched in the summer holidays.
Anywho, I won’t be signing up, but go see for yourself and if you do feel Heath Ledger should be the last Joker, you can sign up to the website here.
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