- Apr 4, 2020
Take away the no-killing-the-Joker thing and Ledger's Joker is still more an inconvenience rather than a threat, and, I'd argue, a caricature of a super villain. He's just in a serious film where that's thrown into sharp relief.Lousy in that he wasn't a point-for-point recreation of the comic book caricature of a super villain? Fine; he was not that. I'd argue THAT Joker is less interesting by orders of magnitude than what Ledger gave us. Remove Batman's strict no-kill policy, and you've got a clown prince that is literally a joke and more an inconvenience than a threat. That character has never been interesting. Ledger's Joker was interesting because he was always the only one laughing, a true psychopath who didn't bother with a tossed-on British accent, fancy clothes and desires for power and control; Ledger was simply insane and desired nothing save for chaos, and it was a lot more intriguing to watch. If you want comic book Joker, Ledger wasn't that, but if you want true, incomprehensibly disturbed villain in a film, Ledger WAS that and fit perfectly in the noire take the Nolan films were going for.
Cesar Romero Joker works because he can have all sorts of zany schemes that don't have to make sense. Heath Ledger Joker is still doing zany schemes, and not making sense becomes more of a problem.