In our lecture this morning we went through the idea of characterisation and the methods behind creating a good character, after brainstorming and going through a lot of discussion we came to realise that a lot of the prominent characters that we could remember from the media were mostly male. After some thinking on my behalf i decided to make a blog post on The Joker from the Batman films mostly based around Heath Ledgers Representation of the troubled, sadistic villain that was created by Jerry Robison when he first appeared in the DC comics in the 1940’s.
The Joker is the arch enemy of Batman and has been responsible for various tragic times throughout there bitter rivalry, throughout the history of the joker he has been portrayed with various characteristic traits but the most prominent and recent is the sadistic, intelligent and phsycotic mastermind criminal with a diverse sense of humour. The joker in many different publications and debates is usually rank one of the most diverse and perfect villains in a media product, some people state that The Joker is the perfect villain for Batman, as they bring out the best of each other in there battles and verbal slander between each other. There rivalry has been compared the concept of Ying and Yang in the past as relative to the good vs evil battle.
So what do we really know about The Joker, well we know he was created in the 1940’s but that doesn’t mean he is 70 odd, I’m asking what age is he portrayed as throughout the Batman saga, after delving deep into Joker research which was very informal there isn’t a specific age listed for The joker. But i did find that The DC Universe and many other comic book brands have a Method called a floating timeline which means
“The present is always now, and past events are timed out based on how long ago they were in regards to the present. Because of this, comic writers have to occasionally reboot a character or even an entire universe to bring continuity up to date.”
Now on to the Jokers background and traits, as we all know the joker is usually shown with a white face and green hair, perhaps with bright red lips of some form?
There are some disputes about The Jokers passed and origin so there aren’t any solid facts, one possible route of origin which has been thrown around and portrayed in various styles and scenarios is that The joker got his distinctive looks and completion by falling into a vat of chemicals.
A definitive back story for The Jokers life has not yet been published (Maybe a future film) it seems that The joker is even confused about what happened in the past if we take a look at the Killing Joke Comic the joker states
“Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another… if I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice! Ha ha ha!”
This is some proof that even he doesn’t know his true origin or past.
In a lot of the original Batman Feature films Jack Nicholson played the role of the joker, i feel this version of the joker was a lot more toned down, in contrast to the crazy eccentric version the audience is used. Although Jack Nicholson did play the role brilliantly.
Moving on to Heath Ledgers perception of The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s feature film The Dark Knight i feel this representation of the jokers looks and history are perfect and all seem very believable and real to life which the effect i feel Nolan was going for when he created the movie. We do find out through the movie that The Joker does have at least some family that he can relate back to when talks about his father putting the blade in his mother mouth and saying “WHY SO SERIOUS?”.
We learn later on in the movie that the joker received his serve scars that are on the corners of mouth from his father ripping his skin with a blade as a young boy, in The Dark Knight The Joker has been described as “just an absolute sociopath, a cold-blooded, mass-murdering clown” from actor Heath Ledger who was given pretty mouth a clean slate to create his version of Jerry Robinson’s Joker.
Ledger did this by sitting in a hotel room alone, pretty much solitary confinement for a whole month just trying to perfect his role in the movie, by practicing a certain voice and that infamous laugh we hear throughout the movie.
Even in this clip we see that Joker needs to Batman to thrive on his attempts to thwart The Jokers devious plans, they both need the others existence to live.