Let the Countdown to "Dark Knight" Begin...
As we here at Comic Riffs eagerly await Friday's cinematic release of the Batman sequel "The Dark Knight," we will spend the next five days counting down the top five Joker moments of all time.
Christian Bale is now only the second man ever to wear the cape and cowl twice on screen as Batman (Michael Keaton the other). Aaron Eckhart is playing Harvey Dent (and we all know what's in store for Harvey don't we?). There are even rumors that Cillian Murphy will return as the Scarecrow. But let's be real here. It's all about the clown prince of crime.
The Joker has inspired anarchy since his 1940 comic-book debut in "Batman No. 1." The Joker -- created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson -- has always managed to be that one bad guy who outshines the hero. And it's looking as though the Dark Knight will be no exception. So, let us begin the countdown of the Joker's top moments:
Joker Moment No. 5:
"Jack? Jack is dead my friend. You can call me ... Joker. And as you can see, I'm a lot happier!!"
Those were the opening lines of Jack Nicholson as he emerged from the shadows as a green-haired, chalk-faced, ruby-lipped madman, the Joker, in the 1989 Tim Burton classic "Batman." Nicholson's riveting performance has been the gold standard for all comic-book movie bad guys for two decades. As soon as Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, the comparisons began and questions were asked whether Ledger would be able to match the performance of Nicholson, who had a flare for the psychotic (see how he disposes of Jack Palance in his opening scene). He steals the show with the movie's best lines and even outshines an absolutely stellar performance by Michael Keaton as Batman.
And we can't forget this Nicholson line.
"Winged freak. Terrorizes Gotham? Wait'll they get a load of me!"
What lines and moments can't you forget? Share them in the comments section.
-- David Betancourt
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