Originally Posted by Josh Z
I rather enjoy what the Gotham TV series has done with the character. "The Joker" is not one particular person, but rather a mantle that gets passed along from one psycho to another, each filling the role differently than the last. The current Joker is cold and calculating, whereas the last one (his twin brother who died) was a raving loony.
The Joker is an idea, not an individual.
Ummmm ... interesting.
I haven't watched any of the Gotham
series, doesn't interest me ... but if you could point me to pertinent epis for the Joker character I'm tempted to try.
I watched this teaser without sound (teen daughter is next to me on the sofa, hard at work on homework), and it's creepy and personal enough to be interesting. I like these one-off projects (not trying to build a "universe") that give us a individual take on the core story. ... I don't like when the Joker is played so over-the-top loony that there's nothing to relate to. As good as 1989's Batman
was, Nicholson's Joker was simply played for goofy-creepy laughs. Ledger's Joker was more nuanced and menacing ... the implication was that Ledger's Joker emerged because
of Batman's ascendence ... only the absurdity of a phantom-like, masked vigilante creates the opportunity for a completely bent criminal to take increasingly irrational risks to gain greater power.
So this fresh approach seems, well, fresh. But with some thought and grounding in the "Red Hood" and "Killing Joke" stories. I'm in.