Running through my RSS feeds I ran across this news article titled Heath Ledger Fans Call for Joker’s Retirement From Film, here is the excerpt that grabbed my eye:
Heath Ledger’s flawless acting, and tragic passing, immortalized his portrayal of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight. But should Ledger’s killer clown be the last Joker to grace the big screen?
The group in question behind this can be found at The Ultimate Joker.
I can agree in some ways that Ledger did a good job, but nothing in the level of removing the character from ever being portrayed again. Going with that logic, Christian Bale (whom I love as an actor) shouldn’t have made a Batman movie since I still feel that Michael Keaton was the best Batman – now following this sort of logic, Ledger never would have had a chance to be the Joker to begin with. There would have been no Bond movies after Sean Connery either.
Now I’ve heard they are remaking The Crow, here we have a similar scenario that the movement is having. We have an actor struck down in his prime while a movie is still in production. We have a cult favorite, yet they are completely remaking it. There is even less reason to remake The Crow then there is to ban all future roles of the Joker.
The only other thing that comes to mind, does this mean when our current movies are eighty years old, there still won’t be a return of the character ever? That’s just asinine and short sighted. That’s like saying they should never remake Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – wait they did (and it wasn’t as good). If they want to withdraw him from the Bale focused franchise, so bet it. Anyways, Caesar Romero will also be the Joker personified in my mind.