no other comic book character has had such disparate onscreen treatment as the Batman. the Adam West paunch. Clooney's smirking credit card commercial. Tim Burton's dark visions that lead to my favorite cartoon adaptation ever... whatever the feeling regarding previous incarnations, it seems director Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins recieved more or less universal praise in the super-picky comicbook fanboy community.
in a recent interview, Nolan shed some light on The Dark Knight, the much-anticipated sequal to Batman Begins. "The title has been chose very specifically. It's quite important to the film", Nolan teases when asked about the film , which he crypticly suggests is about how "things have to get worse before they get better..."
all our suspicions are confirmed by Nolan's pick for the villain: the Joker. the question is, what's his inspiration for the much-interpreted killing machine? "I would certainly point to The Killing Joke but I also would point very much to the first two appearances of the Joker in the comic. If you look at where the Joker comes from there's a very clear direction that fits what we're doing very well".
hmm... okay, let's quarterback this thing: in his first appearances, the joker was a mass killer and master thief, who left smiling corpses as his calling card; likewise, Alan Moore's The Killing Joke starred a Joker that drove commissioner gordon insane by shooting Batgirl/barbara gordon through the spine, leaving her in a wheelchair for life... so it looks like the film will feature a Joker we can all agree on.
that's it for now. when i know more, so will you!
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