Blog Assignment #4

Hello North House! For this week’s blog assignment I wanted to talk about villains. In the Beowulf Epic there is a section that talks about the villain of the epic, Grendel. Now any great hero is only as good as the villain. By that I mean a villain has to have certain characteristics and also do horrible things to make himself seem so evil. When the villain does that and he is brought to justice by man, then that man becomes a hero. But what characteristics makes a great villain? Does the appearance of a villain play any role in it? Does the way the villain talk make him evil, too? Now lets find the perfect villain. We will the use the famous Joker from the Batman Cinematic Movies . Which actor played the better role of the Joker? And why?

Here is a link that talks about the Jokers through out cinematic history:

Prompt: Who played the best Joker? What characteristics of the Joker’s role make him the best villain?

If you would like in depth comparison of SOME of the Joker’s then watch these videos as well: [WARNING:SOME SPOILERS]

 

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30 thoughts on “Blog Assignment #4

  1. Kevin stated that “a villain has to have certain characteristics and also do horrible things to make himself seem so evil.” This is a statement that I believe in because the Joker is a psychopath and can also be recognized as a mastermind. What makes a villain like Joker so recognizable is by his appearance. With his purple and green suit, his white makeup face, and red lips, it can be terrifying. With appearance, I believe Heath Ledger did the best because he portrayed more of a serious and intimidating style.
    Comparing to other Jokers, Heath Ledger did better in a sense of insanity. Jack Nicholson was more of a comical Joker and Jared Leto did not seem too crazy and did not receive enough screen time to be judged. As the video said ” The Joker’s laugh is probably his most iconic trade mark.” Due to that fact, Heath Ledger has more of a horrifying laugh.
    Overall, I believe that Heath Ledger did the best portraying Joker because how he was dressed, how the makeup was done, his insanity, and because of his laugh.

  2. Evil comes in many different forms. Like a hero, what makes one a villain evolves with the time. The defining characteristic of a villain is to be bigger and worse than the ones before. The video, “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Through Out History” follows the cinematic evolution of the Jokers portrayal.

    Each actor that has played the Joker builds off of the one before. Jack Nicholsan drew inspiration from Cesar Romero’s charismatic version while also applying a slightly darker tone to the character. This pattern continues with the late Heath Ledger and Jared Letto. Each Joker becomes darker. The narrator also comments that in Heath Ledgers portrayal the Joker seems realer in terms, of the villain moving from a fictional setting to a more realistic world. What makes the Joker “The Joker” of course his unsettling personality. His lack of emotion, care, and sympathy progress through each portrayal. His schemes become more twisted and horrific, leaving audiences wondering no sane person could possibility be capable of such.

    I have not seen enough of these Jokers to make a solid conclusion of which one is best. However, if I am looking as which one is darker then the first and which one I could picture most likely making headlines on the news I would say Jared Letto. Similar to how Kenny describes Ledger’s attire and insanity being the reason he sees him as the best Joker, I believe Letto is the best for those reasons as well. The way his tattoos, eye shadow, pale complexion, hair, lipstick, etc. are all done make him look less like a clown and more like a creep on the streets.

  3. I would like to start off by saying this is the best blog assignment ever! I am a huge fan of The Joker and give props to Kevin for the assignment. To continue, I completely agree with Kevin when he states that every hero needs a villain in order to become a hero.

    The prompt asks “Who played the best Joker? What characteristics of The Joker’s role made him the best Villain?” Personally I have two favorite versions of The Joker. One version is the animated series Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill. The animated version is one of my favorites due to how much screen time Hamill received. However, my other favorite version is played by actor Heath Ledger and he is the Joker I choose to answer the prompt.

    Ledger wins my vote because I believe the characteristics he developed for the character portray a villain perfectly. The Joker is a violent character who loves to create chaos in the streets of Gotham city. The Joker has been around for ages and is held to a high expectation for anyone who is given the opportunity to play him. When Heath Ledger received the news that he was cast as the clown he locked himself in a hotel room for weeks studying the character and developing his mannerisms. I believe all of Ledgers hard work paid off because he perfectly captured the insanity of the villain. Some believe that Ledger’s version strayed away from the comics. Although Ledger did stray from the norm he created originality to his character and the fans loved it.

    I agree with Kenny who believes Heath Ledger captured The Jokers iconic laugh perfectly, which added to the characteristics of the villain. The Joker is a true villain who laughs at the sight of chaos and mischief. I believe Heath Ledger will always be the best version of The Joker because of how dedicated he was to the character and how he truly captured the evilness and insanity within the villain.

  4. Interestingly, Kevin stated that “a great hero is only as good as a villain,” and it is true. The protagonists and antagonists both have certain characteristics that define who they are. According to the video, “The Amazing Evolution Of The Joker Throughout History,” it describes the evolution of the Joker and his characteristics.

    In a broad view, to determine who portrayed the best “Joker” character depends primarily on the setting. In the video, the narrator mentions that the first, twentieth century “Batman” film in 1966 was “the lightest version of them all which was fitting with the era.” During this time period, the United States was involved in the Vietnam War and did not want to promote much violence, especially with the precedent catastrophic World War II. In comparison to the twenty-first century, the portrayal of the Joker was darker and psychotic, because there were no major disastrous events that have stricken the United States since then. Therefore, I, in comparison to the viewers back then, will have different opinions of who portrayed the best Joker.

    To add on, the features of the Joker play an important role. According to the first “Batman” film in 1966, the features of the Joker were light and comical. In the 1989 “Batman” film, the Joker became more violent and temperamental and was leaning away from the light and drawing into the darkness. As the years went by, his character became darker and brutal until the 2008 film, “The Dark Knight.” In this film, the Joker posed as a vicious, traumatizing psychotic character, which also appeared in the recent film, “Suicide Squad.” In addition to the theme, the iconicity of the film determines who portrayed the best role. It can range from a memorable phrase to a petrifying laugh.

    In the end, I believe Heath Ledger portrayed the best character of the Joker because he brought a new twist of horrific excitement that no other actor would have displayed.

  5. The video, “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Throughout History” gives us an overview of how the role of the Joker has been variously depicted on the big screen. In order to have a hero that receives great praise from the audience, the story needs to have an equally great villain. An uninteresting and overrated villain usually results in an unimpressive hero and an overall dull story. The villain needs to be someone that no one else can defeat but the hero.

    The comparison videos, “Heath Ledger vs. Jack Nicholson as The Joker” and “Heath Ledger vs. Jared Leto as the Joker…” use the categories of makeup, munitions, maniacal mannerisms, intensity and insanity, comic book accuracy, on-screen origins, and the signature laugh, to judge which actor portrayed the Joker the best. I will use the aforementioned categories as the characteristics of what makes the Joker’s role the best villain. I personally have not seen any of the actors portray the Joker except Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. However, after viewing these videos, I think I am capable of making a fair judgement.

    I think Jack Nicholson wins the category for munitions, comic book accuracy, and on-screen origins. Although his weapons don’t appear as threatening as guns or bombs, I think that’s what makes it the best. His weapons appear as innocent and somewhat comical props, but turn out to be deadly. Additionally, Nicholson stays true to the original character. His costume and comical weapons are the same as they are in the comics, which is why he wins the category for accuracy. His origin story is that he falls into a vat of acid, has bleached skin and disfigurements, and is mentally scarred. It is a better and more accurate story than the mysterious aura that Ledger tries to give off with his unknown background.

    However, Heath Ledger definitely takes the cake in the other four categories: makeup, maniacal mannerisms, intensity and insanity, and the signature laugh. In terms of makeup, I think Heath Ledger does a great job. The rest of the Jokers seem to perfect. Heath’s messy and scruffy appearance makes him seem more menacing like he wasn’t in the right state of mind when he made himself look like that. Ledger’s portrayal surpasses the other Joker’s performances in the other mentioned categories because he seemed the most committed.The first video mentions how Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for weeks to prepare for the role, perfect the Joker’s mannerisms, and immerse himself in the character. I agree with Janina G. when she says that Ledger wins her vote. Janina also says, “I believe all of Ledger’s hard work paid off because he perfectly captured the insanity of the villain. … Although Ledger did stray from the norm he created originality to his character and the fans loved it.” which I completely agree with. In my opinion, the late Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker was the best because he mastered most of the characteristics of what makes the Joker the best villain.

  6. Just like a hero, a villain could be anyone if they met certain criteria. A villain is defined as someone who is devoted to committing crimes. They revolve around the idea of evil and try to cause chaos in every way possible. Out of the many talented actors who have played the Joker, I would say that Heath Ledger did it best due to how dedicated he was to the role. “To prepare for the role, Ledger reportedly locked himself away in a hotel room for weeks; perfecting his mannerisms, totally immersing himself in the character.” as it stated in the “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Throughout History” video shows Ledger’s dedication in perfecting the role to the best of his abilities. All the little details of his performance were spot on especially since it leaned towards what it would look like realistically rather than in a fictional world.

    Personally, I do feel that the appearance or voice of a villain matters when it comes down to what a “great villain” is, but a great villain should revolve more around the quality of character. However, both appearance and personality go hand in hand because it all lies within the person and how they portray themselves as a final product. The characteristics of the Joker’s role that make him the best villain would be how intelligent, powerful, immoral, determined, unpredictable, and psychopathic he is. You never know what evil plans the Joker has up his sleeve and that is both terrifying and brilliant. He does what he has to in order to get what he wants.The Joker is also cold hearted and does not allow himself to express his emotions. Like Nick stated, “His lack of emotion, care, and sympathy progress through each portrayal. His schemes become more twisted and horrific, leaving audiences wondering no sane person could possibility be capable of such.” Behind every hero, is a wounded villain seeking destruction and redemption.

  7. From what I can see, I believe that Jack Nicholson played the best and most “realistic” Joker. I find this to be the case because he was the first to have the opportunity to take the character of the Joker to the big screen, thus giving him the pure raw materials to work with. I have read more batman comic books than I can count and I feel as though Nicholson is never truly serious at any moment just like the Joker portrayed in the graphic novels. To answer Kevin’s question, “What characteristics of the jokers role make him the best villain?” I would like to start off with the information provided. According to the video “The Evolution of the Joker” a villain is defined by their appearance and amount of screen time, which I do not find to be the case at all. As Nick had said, “Like a hero, what makes one a villain evolves with time.” Nick couldn’t have been more right in my opinion. The idea of a what a villain truly is constantly adapts to the times, and with that having been said, I believe a good villain portrays the characteristics we see within ourselves but are much more inclined to suppress. We find ourselves intrigued and afraid of watching an individual give themselves up completely to either their own selfish desires or chaotic tendencies. The Joker seems to capture all of these things in one character and because of that I believe the Joker, or the idea of him, has been able to survive so long in infamy.

  8. In “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Throughout History” the narrator explains and unpacks one of the recognizable and disturbing villains of all time. I agree with Kevin’s notion that, “a great hero is only as good as its villain.” The main thing a story needs is conflict, and the best conflict is typically seen in the universal archetype of “good vs. evil.”

    The Joker is much more than a villain, he is a “supervillain” and is arguably one of the greatest of all-time. He is a character that immediately draws attention whenever a new actor is expected to play him in the latest installment of the “Batman” franchise. In the video, the narrator explains how the Joker developed over time; from the very first time he appeared on screen by Cesar Romero to the latest by Jared Leto.

    One of the most genius things about this character is the fact that it has the ability to change over time. He is incredibly unpredictable which intrigues the viewer. In each installment, he is constantly being revamped to embrace and display his intelligence, theatricality, and social engineering. These concepts intrigue the view because in a sense they “mess with their head. I agree with Nick, that it is the Joker’s, “…lack of emotion, care, and sympathy…” is what makes him undeniably great and memorable.

    I personally have seen all the Batman live action movies, but the one that sticks out the most is “The Dark Knight.” In “The Dark Knight,” Heath Ledger perfectly and memorably depicts the evil mastermind. The video stated that “Ledger locked himself in a room for months to perfect the mannerisms and to get into the right mindset to portray the Joker.” All his hard work played off with a performance that according to Chanel “took the cake.” However, he might have even done too good of a job. The video speculated that playing such a dark role, contributed to his early death. But, it is one of the most memorable performances in the history of the character; from the ensembles to the makeup is just enough to keep you up at night. I personally believe that Heath Ledger set the bar for all future films and perfectly portrayed what it really means to be a supervillain, a mastermind of evil.

  9. Call it pretentious,but I believe superhero movies are nothing but wasted film reel. It should be increasingly clear with the shortage of original Hollywood ideas and abysmal amount of sequels that superhero movies are the easy money that any producing agency can turn to in times of short salaries. Throw in a comic book hero from the 40’s, a couple low angle shots and a Stan Lee cameo, and -boom- $65 million opening box office hits. Agencies like FOX, essentially have this down to a mathematical formula, and unfortunately like math, it lacks soul; characters are two dimensional, bland, and predicable. Even “fresh” characters like the recent rebooted Deadpool has really only two settings: annoying zany ‘look at me’ or annoying zany ‘I’m breaking the fourth wall- again! (It doesn’t ever get old does it?) So when I saw the angst ridden cowboy from “Broke-back mountain”, about to play one of the most psychologically intriguing characters from the golden age of comic books, I was sure to expect another cheap, reused Nicholson or embarrassing Carey. Thankfully, I was proved wrong.

    Heath Ledger in Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, embodies a cold yet calculating nihilist, in the way only Nolan could’ve imagined. Perhaps one of my favorite scenes in cinema is when Ledger forces two barges of people to attempt to kill each other. Ledger here, attempts to show nothing matters except the savage, animalistic nature of humans. Even though ultimately, Nolan uses this scene as a ‘triumph over evil’ value lesson , one must admit it truly takes someone like Ledger to question our own morality even after the movie ends. Additionally, throughout the movie we see Ledger constantly waltzing with his own identity; he lies, he cheats, he crashes a bus into one of his goonies. Does he really believe in what he’s saying or is he just taking us along for the joke? As the Jaydalynn says ” You never know what evil plans the Joker has up his sleeve and that is both terrifying and brilliant.”

    Other jokers may perhaps be a bit more colorful, more outlandish, more ridiculous, but I would argue that makes them even worse. after all, it’s the quiet ones you need to watch out for. After all, history’s psychopaths didn’t announce their presence before gleefully smashing their victim’s ankles with a wrench, or biting their eyes out. And that is what makes Ledger so much more enthralling: he’s real- or as real as a joker can be. As someone who has been enthralled by Bundy, Dahmer and other serial killers from a very early age, Ledger speaks to me. In a way, Letto’s Skittle colored joker never can. The Narrator says it best after all” Ledger’s joker is nuanced making him feel like he really is real”.

  10. Throughout the Jokers that were portrayed on movie screens and on television shows, I feel that Heath Ledger played the best Joker. But in order to define and what makes a villain, you need to define what Joker is supposed to be. Because throughout the films where there was a Joker, they were all portrayed differently. Jack Nicholson portrayed Joker as a gangster, Heath as an anarchist, and Jared Leto as a psychopath. In my opinion, in order to define Joker he would have to be mentally crazy, cannot be taken serious, put some fear into you, and his laugh has to be badass. It should not sound like he slowly dying (a.k.a. Jared Leto’s laugh). With these reasons, I feel that Heath Ledger categorizes all the things that make a Joker.

    Jaydalynn B. said “Personally, I do feel that the appearance or voice of a villain matters when it comes down to what a “great villain” is, but a great villain should revolve more around the quality of character” and I agree because if a villain does not have either or then honestly, he/she would be trash.
    For example, in terms of film, The Dark Knight series changed the way superhero movies were meant to be made. Christopher Nolan made the movie seem so realistic, rather than it looking fictional. Thus, directors in movies are also responsible for portraying a certain villain other than actors who do it themselves.

    Other than what a villain should look like, the villain’s emotions and actions should play a great role. Villains do not have sympathy, do not care for anyone else, other than themselves, and there is that sense of evil and destruction. Again, Heath Ledger’s Joker defines this because he does cause chaos in Gotham, he is setting off bombs left and right, and does not care for anyone else. Jared Leto’s Joker does not really come in terms with this because that Joker was not full on Joker. The only destruction and evil he caused was not on Gotham, but to save Harley Quinn. This Joker does not show evil, but shows sympathy.

    Lastly, in my opinion, I think our recent Joker was ruined because of the movie he was in. If Joker started in a movie with him and Batman and not advance forward in the comic book timeline, then maybe everyone’s view, as well as mine would change. In conclusion, appearance, portray from director, and story telling would have to show and illustrate what makes a villain.

  11. Inside all of us is a little villain yearning to come out. The crazy, psychopathic and anarchist persona of the Joker has been well-loved for decades. Why? He is a charismatic anti-hero who seduces the rebellious side in all of us. In a world which praises the heroic, virtuous, and considerate he embraces the savage, corrupt, and the immoral nightmarish aspects of society. He is the walking epitome of a world without government, restrictions, and morals. What makes him a catastrophic and effective villain is that he fully embraces a purposeless life with chaos, slaughter, and mayhem. He values the tools of destruction such as gunpowder, guns, and gasoline. What makes him a good villain is he is not in it for the money but he wholeheartedly believes that his way of thinking is the only way.

    After watching the video, “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker” I think the best portrayal of the character is Heath Ledger because of the fact that he looked the craziest out of the others-both appearance and psych wise. Even the narrator commentated, “he was the darkest and most unpredictable and the most violent version as well.” He did not play the role of a clown but delved into the psychopathic approach of the character which is why I agree with Romel M. statement, “ and that is what makes Ledger so much more enthralling: he’s real- or as real as a joker can be.”

  12. Heath Ledger pulled off the joker best. The dedication he gave to the role, and the almost twisted fascination he enveloped with his character. Heath Ledger lived the joker as closely as he could, and in that time, he lived in madness.

    There has been a particularly interesting phenomenon in stories of heroes and villains as of late. In modern entertainment, it is increasingly popular to have a villain that the audience can root for. The movie industry is seeing more anti-heroes than ever before, as well as a handful of movies that even focus on the villain instead of the hero. It’s hard to explain where the sudden interest in villains is coming from, especially after centuries of tales where the hero is the focus of the story. What does it say about the modern age as a whole? Of course heroism has always been seen as a virtue, but only recently has the importance of the villain been noticed by the masses as well. The truth is, without the villain, the hero is nothing short of vestigial. They are two sides of the same coin. There is much to be learned from this, if it is embraced properly and allowed to melt away the naivety of concepts such as good and evil. In history it has been seen that hardly anything is so black-and-white. With this, the new generation has brought something wonderful to entertainment: realism. As Romel put it, “that is what makes Ledger so much more enthralling: he’s real- or as real as a joker can be.” Fiction may be fantastic and grandiose, but it will never be as wholesome as something that the viewer can experience. In conclusion, realism makes the Heath Ledger’s joker better than anyone else’s.

  13. Before watching The Amazing Evolution Of The Joker Throughout Cinematic History, I already knew who would be the best Joker of all. Hands down it would be Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. The way he played this role was simply amazing. From how he prepared for the role to the way he walks, he just executed everything so well. But, it is not just his appearance that makes Ledger the best Joker of all, Kevin says, “By that I mean a villain has to have certain characteristics and also do horrible things to himself seem so evil.” Ledger’s actions in the movie and the way he executed them just has no words to explain. On the matters of his comical side, I would have to agree with Kenny when he says Jack Nicholson was the more comical Joker. Ledger did have some comical scenes, like when he did the scene with the pencil and how he made it disappear. It may have been seen more of a sick sense of humor but I believe that is what the Joker is supposed to have. All in all, Heath Ledger is and will always be the best Joker. If anyone else think they can be, then it will take a hell of a lot of talent to beat Ledger. Also, Leto shouldn’t have even been casted to be Joker since he really had no business in Suicide Squad. Just saying…

  14. In viewing a villan there is characteristics that entice the audience. Without a valuable antagonist there will be no hero to solve the issue. Movies are built on the fundamentals that when something could go wrong, it will, and in the worst possible way. That is where we engage in our villans. The thrill seekers that for some audience members enhances our bad side, thus giving us a thrill to see what would happen next. For example, the joker as Heath Ledger, was able to enhance a persona that enticed the audience with exactly the right amount of crazy in a villan.

    I believe Heath Ledger’s performance as the joker made him a great villan as he was able to explore his range of intensity and really become a villan. He was able to tap into his crazy side and become the villan known famously as the joker. I believe what makes the joker a great villan is his persona and his character when things occur. The madness and the amount of terror he inflicts on people, and his enemies, are strategic enough to allow his audience to question how he is that psychotic. Also the appearance, or the tone of voice, plays an important role on how the villan is recognized. This gives importance to the characterization of the villan. If the villan is gruesome and hard to look at or feared by many that makes the villan known to many.

    I realize that villans with more prominent characteristics recognized by many are the best types of villans. Catch phrases, or common actions done by the villan throughout the plot make them memorable, thus making them great. Heath Ledger expressed that effortlessly in his play as the joker. As Romel stated,” After all, history’s psychopaths didn’t announce their presence before gleefully smashing their victim’s ankles with a wrench, or biting their eyes out. And that is what makes Ledger so much more enthralling: he’s real- or as real as a joker can be.” villans develop and make then selves known as the time seems fit. This is how people grow to love them and their craziness. In conclusion, the ability of a villan to make himself memorable is what makes them great, and Heath Ledger does an outstanding job at doing so.

  15. While I am not erudite of the Batman series, I assume Heath Ledger portrays the Joker the best due to his iconic symbolism and universal appearance. At the discussion of the character, Ledger is the first and only thought when visualizing the Joker because of his devotion, harshness, and tone that are very much distinct from the two other actors that played the same character.
    To be considered a villain, one must be willingly to commit atrocities and display an emotion to support it. Just like Joshua A. had stated, “…the villain’s emotions and actions should play a great role. Villains do not have sympathy, do not care for anyone else, other than themselves, and there is that sense of evil and destruction.” The personality and characteristics is what defines individuals, in this case, the Joker. In order to be the Joker, you have to think to yourself, what makes the Joker? Jack Nicholson thought of the Joker as a hard and brutal mobster while Jared Leto showed a mentally insane man. With the Heath Ledger portrayal of the Joker, it strikes to me as more stunning appearance of that of a man. Unlike Nicholson’s Joker, Ledger’s face is not all covered in white. The skin around the neck outlines the fair skin of Ledger while Nicholson is covered entirely with no show of the original skin. This could simply be due to a malfunction of the make-up artist or a clue more symbolic for the viewer. For myself, the uncovered skin is portrayal of normalcy and innocence; that the Joker was once a normal human before becoming a villain. With this, the appearance of a forgotten man turned villain, is what gives Ledger the best characteristic of the Joker. That the Joker became the man he once feared the most. It is just like the philosophical quote, “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

  16. I heavily stand by the saying, “there would be no heroes, if there were no villains.” Villains play a very important role in heroic stories and without them, well stories would be really boring. I personally think Heath Ledger did the best interpretation of the character Joker. He was the first to show true evil qualities. The crazy hair, the crazy melted makeup, the sociopathic characteristics, it all helped make Heath Ledger seem like an actual villain. Now, many films before then were not all that great, but Heath Ledger did a lot more action than any other person that played the Joker. He did many evil things and they were all crazy like guns, getaway cars, and the way that he talked just made the performance he made seem real.
    It amazes me what the “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Throughout History” video shows. They say, “To prepare for the role, Ledger reportedly locked himself away in a hotel room for weeks; perfecting his mannerisms, totally immersing himself in the character.” It just shows how dedicated he was to the role of the Joker and how much It took from him to actually do something like that.
    I agree with what Jennifer said, “The madness and the amount of terror he inflicts on people, and his enemies, are strategic enough to allow his audience to question how he is that psychotic.” It takes a lot for an actor to show this much dedication. Many people even asked if he was just acting. I personally think Heath Ledger’s performance was the best out of all the Jokers.

  17. In the video, “The Amazing Evolution of The Joker” it discusses the different elements that each actor was able bring to the table in their interpretation of the joker. For the first joker, Cesar Romero, he was this light, fluffy character in a pink suit meant for comical relief. The Joker in this interpretation wouldn’t be taken seriously as a villain in comparison to other interpretations.

    My opinion of who played the best joker was Heath Ledger. I believe that in our modern society we portray a villain as someone that has no feelings; I believe that the villain’s original purpose in doing all those terrible things was as an act of selflessness, to help someone else, typically for revenge, but then was consumed by the darkness. Nick brings up, “His lack of emotion, care, and sympathy progress through each portrayal.” I believe this is true because as time progresses the Joker becomes more darker and mentally disturbing. Even the narrator mentions that Heath Ledger became so engrossed in his character that it possibly led him to his death.

  18. The most fascinating and intriguing thing to me in movies, anime, or books is always the infamous villain. Like Kevin had mentioned in his description, a great villain is equally as important as the hero of the story, which I believe is extremely true. In the first video that Kevin shared, the narrator describes one of the most well known villains, the Joker. The narrator goes on to discuss in detail all of the actors that have portrayed this villain and the differences between the different portrayals. Although it is already a popular opinion that the Joker is one of the best villains of all times, what really makes him so great.

    Like I mentioned before, I have more of an interest in villains than I do heroes, and the Joker is one of my favorites for many reasons. In my opinion the looks, actions, and personality of a villain are the most important contributor to a great villain. In the comic books the almost clown like look really draws me in in a way that no other villain in any movie or book can compare to. Although the pale skin, green hair, and red lips may be simple I think that is what makes it so appealing, its more of a creepy twisted vibe rather than an off putting scary look such as a villain from a horror movie. The Joker’s personality is also very interesting. The fact that he is a sociopath that feels no empathy but instead finds joy in terror is so twisted and creepy that it makes for such an iconic villain. Like Nick perfectly described in his blog post, “What makes the Joker “The Joker” of course his unsettling personality.” For these reasons I would have to say that the actor that played the best Joker was Heath Ledger. His depiction and portrayal was both creative and crazy but in the end made for a memorable character. The way he showed the twisted and maniacal side of the Joker was incredible and the laugh was just the cherry on top. In my opinion Ledger’s portrayal of one of the craziest, most well known villains was one that I believe cannot be topped.

  19. The video entitled, “The Amazing Evolution Of The Joker Throughout History” discusses the evolution of the Joker on the big screen. From the Joker’s ever so classic bright green hair to his malicious grin, it is safe to say that the Joker is one of the most iconic supervillains of all time. The Joker first appeared in the Batman Issue 1 comic, that was published in 1940. Since then, the Joker continues to remain popular by having many live-action movies, and T.V. shows made based on the Batman comics.

    The adaptations of the Joker throughout history are all iconic in their own way. However, my favorite depiction of the Joker definitely goes to Heath Ledger. Chanel writes, “The rest of the Jokers seem to perfect. Heath’s messy and scruffy appearance makes him seem more menacing like he wasn’t in the right state of mind when he made himself look like that” Chanel perfectly expresses how I feel about Ledger’s depiction of the Joker. I felt that the Joker’s dark/evil interior should reflect on the outside as well, so having the imperfect makeup and messy appearance best portrayed the psychotic Joker. All of the depictions of the Joker besides Ledger had this very polished look which seemed more like a clown, and less like a supervillain.

    Furthermore, Ledger’s performance was by far the best out of all the Jokers. Ledger was extremely dedicated to his role, that he secluded himself in a hotel room for six weeks in order immerse himself in the mind of such a maniacal character. Ledger’s dedication paid off, because his performance was flawless. The way he perfectly acted like a complete maniac was truly unbelievable, and his menacing laugh was spot on. In conclusion, all of the adaptations of the Joker are incredible in their own way, but Heath Ledger’s depiction will always remain my favorite.

  20. The video that Kevin shared, “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Throughout History,” is about the different ways the villain the Joker has been portrayed by many different actors. It all started with Cesar Romero, who was the first person to portray the Joker. The most recent actor to portray the Joker was Jared Leto.

    I agree with what Christopher said, “One of the most genius things about this character is the fact that it has the ability to change over time,” because the character has evolved so much over the years. It started off as a comical character, but is not more of a serious scary-looking character. Each actor has portrayed a different type of Joker, but personally I think Heath Ledger played the best Joker. Heath Ledger played a more sociopathic Joker. A characteristic that makes the best Joker is his laugh, and Heath Ledger captured that laugh perfectly. Another characteristic is insanity, and he did an outstanding job in showing how insane the Joker really is. Heath Ledger put in the most work in trying to prepare for the part, which is why he is known by many as the best Joker.

  21. I enjoy villains that can make a statement. Heath Ledger was able to accomplish that by personifying a truly sociopathic, violent, and unpredictable maniac that embodies the insanity of the Joker. He is one villain that has shocked the world with his memorable phrase “why so serious.” While I would not mind relaying the characteristics that makes Ledger’s Joker so villainous, the prompt first asks me to determine the best Joker. In my opinion, Ledger is not the one. When determining the best villain, I have to agree with Benjamin that it “depends primarily on the setting.” Ledger’s Joker takes place in the 21st century that faces with the issue of terrorism. Unlike the 1966 Joker that portrayed a trickster rather than a killer because of an increased lack of violence in media, Ledger’s 2008 Joker came out in a time where terrorist movies were popular. In America, terrorists were and still are deemed the worst “villains” for the country. In that sense, Ledger’s Joker that performs terrorist-like stunts against Gotham would be viewed as the evilest of villains during this time.
    However, this prompt is based on opinion. And my reason for choosing Jack Nicholson as the better villain is fairly simple: he is the better comic book villain. To be honest, I rarely read any comic books, but my idea of a comic villain is one that is over the top and is able to overshadow the setting of the world and possibly even the hero. As kevin says, “a villain has to have certain characteristics and also do horrible things to make himself seem so evil.” By having Nicholson’s Joker directed by Tim Burton, there was much more creativity put into the design of the movie. The first video points out the contrast of Gotham’s drab and dark setting with the Joker’s bright gettup to make a “more unsettling” villain. Nicholson’s violent and temperamental personality, his deadly gag tricks, and the forever stricken smile on his face will continue to haunt audiences for years to come as one of the most iconic villains.

  22. It could be argued which Joker is the “best” Joker based on looks and how they relate to the comic book characters. Seeing the different live action roles of the Joker made me want to compare them based on who could exist in the real world. My answer to that would be Heath Ledger’s Joker because someone like that could easily in this world, with all the technology we have available someone can find a way to go completely off the grid and terrorize people the way Heath Ledger’s Joker did. The characteristics that make Heath Ledger’s Joker the best villain are his anonymity and his psychological warfare on the people of Gotham. I could not agree with any of the videos on why Heath Ledger’s Joker was better than Jack Nicholson’s or Jared Leto’s Jokers some criteria’s were based on looks and sure looks can define a villain but I do not believe it is based on looks it is the deeds that make the villains menacing and a good villain, to begin with. As Jaydaylnn stated “A villain is defined as someone who is devoted to committing crimes. They revolve around the idea of evil and try to cause chaos in every way possible.” That is what the Heath Ledger Joker was set out to do create chaos. This Joker had no purpose he just did what he wanted and the reason he appeared was because of Batman’s existence. The Joker is Batman’s counterpart where the Batman tries to create peace and safety the Joker creates chaos and fear. In cases where the hero is known, a good villain will typically be created from the shadow of the hero.

  23. In the video titled “The Amazing Evolution of the Joker Throughout Cinematic History” created by the YouTube channel Screen Rant they discuss the different actors who played the character The Joker. Within this they analyzed the way each actor played the character and brought up the question “Who do you think played the better Joker?” Before I get into who I believe played the Joker character better I must first define what classifies as a great villain. Personally, I do not believe that there is only one set factor that defines a great villain. Samara stated “In my opinion the looks, actions, and personality of a villain are the most important contributor to a great villain.” I completely agree with her. That being said I believe that Heath Ledger played the better Joker. The way he portrays the sociopath version of the Joker was so cynical it was the most villain like of all the others. He makes the Joker seem so mad and psychotic, but that’s what makes for a better Joker. The fact that he basically destroyed everything he felt like breaking adds to his villain persona. In addition, the Joker’s look in this Batman series plays a great factor to his villain nature. He’s dressed like someone who got kicked out of clown college and got attacked by a bear. In this case that appearance is a good thing. Although, I argue that Heath Ledger played the best Joker I really like the way the Joker’s relationship was with Harley Quinn in the movie Suicide Squad. On the other hand, I believe that Jared Leto could have portrayed the character of the Joker better. In conclusion, I believe that Heath Ledger was able to act as a better version of the Joker because he added his own flare to the character. These are the factors that have led me to believe that The Joker is the best villain created so far.

  24. The relationship between a hero and a villain is similar to that of soul mates- they complete each other. To defeat a villain, the hero must understand a villain as they would themselves. They must look a their nemesis’ flaws and look beyond their behavior- they must look into the inner workings of their mind.

    The Joker is a villain fit for Batman. Joker’s complexity makes him a hard puzzle to solve thus making it hard for Batman to defeat him. As Jaydalyn said, “ You never know what evil plans the Joker has up his sleeve.” The fact that the Joker is just as competent as Batman shows the true struggle between good and evil. Interestingly enough, I find that Batman and the Joker are not so different. They are both built upon the idea of changing society. Both the Joker and Batman manipulate their enemies though cunning plans and fear. The thing that differentiates Batman as a hero and Joker as a villain however, is in their purpose. Batman creates hope and justice while the Joker creates chaos and violence. Joker is all that Batman, a hero, could possibly be and that is why Joker makes such a great villain. He represents the possibility of good becoming evil.

    Heath Ledger best showcased Joker’s chaotic nature and insanity. He seemed more unhinged and menacing than his counterparts. Some may argue that Nicholson makes a better Joker because of his accurate portrayal, but what they don’t consider is that “the mysterious aura that Ledger tries to give off with his unknown background,” as Chanel said, is what makes him even more complicated and has Batman struggling. In my opinion, a hero has to go through some trouble to defeat a villain. If they beat a villain without much struggle, was the villain ever really a threat?

  25. I think the joker is a very complex character. While watching “The Amazing Evolution of the joker throughout History” I realized how much the joker really has changed over the years. I agree with Kevin when he said “a great hero is only as good as its villain.” Almost every good story tells the dramatic struggle between good versus evil.
    The joker is a unique character. It’s amazing how the character has adapted over time. While watching the video I was so surprised on how much the joker changed both physically and how is portrayed by the actors. I think it’s interesting how each actor has a unique laugh for the joker. But I like how almost all the different jokers bring back the original suit or at least the colors. The coolest thing about the joker and how he changed over time is how his “humor” has changed. It started off with the silly joke weapons that were still very dangerous to today’s modern rocket launchers and machine guns and chemical weapons.
    Unlike other great Villains such as Darth Vader the joker never shows any sense of humanity. The joker is just this psychotic character that brings chaos wherever he goes with no remorse. I like how Josh L describes specifically Heath ledger’s joker “Again, Heath Ledger’s Joker defines this because he does cause chaos in Gotham, he is setting off bombs left and right, and does not care for anyone else.”
    Finally to answer the prompt I think Heath Ledger is my favorite actor who has played joker. He looked the craziest and had the best evil laugh in my opinion. He had to be the darkest and most violent out of all the jokers. The violence is probably what makes him my favorite joker.

  26. Ledger was the best out of the three in my opinion. Ledger brought out the true nature of insanity in his role as the Joker. From the looks to the laugh, Ledger hit it spot on.

    Chanel writes, “The rest of the Jokers seem to perfect. Heath’s messy and scruffy appearance makes him seem more menacing like he wasn’t in the right state of mind when he made himself look like that.” To add on, Ledger engrossed himself into this role, isolating himself in a hotel room for weeks on end and perfecting a laugh goes to show how much dedication he put into becoming the Joker. Nicholson portrayed a well-dressed Joker with funny gadgets, while Jared Leto’s Joker was simply insane. Ledger’s Joker is the perfect balance between the two making him my choice as the best Joker.

  27. At first when I saw “The Amazing Evolution of Joker Throughout History,” I believe that Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson played the best joker. But After watching “Heath Ledger V.S. Jack Nicholson as the Joker,” my decision went more to Heath Ledger. I believe that he was the best joker because of the way he was very emerged into his character.

    The first joker did a good job, but something about Cesar Romero did not really capture my attention. Jack Nicholson was a bit better and I liked how he added something like latex to see the deformation after falling into a tub of chemicals. Mark Hamill, I feel that his voice acting does not fit in with the character. Heath Ledger was a good actor. The laugh sounded natural, the way he acted as the joker and his intimidation. Jared Leto was okay, but his laugh sounded too forceful and even though he was close to the original joker, he did not feel very intimidating, more like a weirdo.

    Like Kenny said, “I believe that Heath Ledger did the best portraying Joker because how he was dressed, how the makeup was done, his insanity, and because of his laugh.” It had to do more of laughter, insanity and appearance. In my opinion, the joker that was played by Heath Ledger was more recognizable and well portrayed. Also like Jaydalyn said, “Just like a hero, a villain could be anyone if they met certain criteria. A villain is defined as someone who is devoted to committing crimes. They revolve around the idea of evil and try to cause chaos in every way possible. Out of the many talented actors who have played the Joker, I would say that Heath Ledger did it best due to how dedicated he was to the role.”

    So who played the best joker? Heath Ledger. Why? By the appearance, acting, insanity and laughter he portrayed. He got the main points on portraying Joker like in the comics.

  28. The actor that I think played the best joker was Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the character. It was very realistic and in the video they also mention that the Dark Knight movies connected present day with the Batman universe. Heath Ledger’s performance in that film is legendary and will go down in history. He really invested a lot into the character and it shows on the camera. The way he walks, talks, his hand movements, phrases, and the signature laugh were all things that I noticed that no other actor can come close. For me the best joker was Heath Ledger.
    The characteristics that make the joker the best villain are that he is insane. But his insanity does not get in the way of his cognitive ability. This makes his enemies underestimate him for some unhinged loony, which he is far from. This makes the joker very dangerous for those that may seek to double cross him. That the joker is insane there is no doubt but he is a calculated and methodical person. Every action he makes is part of an elaborate plan that he has thought up. The things he does may seem to be impractical but he does them to get the desired response from whoever the action is directed at. The joker leads you into trap and once you realize you have been fooled it is already too late. The joker is master manipulator in this way. In Samara’s blog post she mentions the joker’s looks as one of the characteristics. Now that I think about it, I agree with her because the joker’s looks are very distinct and if my theories about the joker are true then his signature outfit, the purple suit with the green hair is a very deliberate statement. It sets him apart from all other villains. For these reasons and more I think the joker is the best villain.

  29. As we have been looking into what particular kinds of characteristics make a hero, it is certainly refreshing to acknowledge the characteristics that make a villain. The video mentions that the Joker is one of the most iconic villains of all time, being portrayed throughout several different media platforms. Among these different media platforms, the most popular depictions of the character would be in motion pictures.

    An article on comicbooks.com reveals the authentic and official description of the Joker’s character, stating: “His mental state is completely unstable. He is highly insane and is a regular in Arkham Asylum. The Joker will at one time be mischievous and funny, but at other times be violent, brutal, and cruel. There seems to be no cure for the Joker’s insanity.” The Joker is an interesting villain to take a look at because he does not have any super natural powers; instead, his mental state is what drives his malice. Just as Samara mentioned in her comment, “looks, actions, and personality are the most important contributors of a great villain.” This is especially true for the Joker, as is his character is perfectly and thoughtfully unified by his witty looks and personality.

    Throughout the years, there have been several motion picture depictions of the infamous antagonist known as the Joker; starting form Cesar Romero’s portrayal of the Joker in 1966, going all the way to Heath Ledger’s portrayal in 2008, it is undoubtedly one of the most difficult roles to adopt because of the psychological complexity the character entails. So which actor played the best Joker? I would have to give this one to Heath Ledger, as he showed a tremendous amount of dedication in immersing himself fully in the character. Taking on the role of Joker would be the most difficult character Ledger had embarked on in his entire career; his obsession with an accurate portrayal of the Joker led him to allegedly lock himself in a hotel room for days, perfecting every aspect of his character including mannerisms and tone of voice. Doing this proved to be a crucial step that led to his outstanding performance as the Joker. Heath Ledger wins “Best Joker.”

  30. The Joker is an iconic villain in super hero history. He is an eccentric and cynical character with no compassion for others. From the way I have grown so see and appreciate him, the Joker is the definition of a sociopath. Most of the interpretations of the Joker have been clean cut and poise, with a maniacal twist. Personally, I enjoy the interpretation of a rugged and insane looking Joker. It adds to his psychotic persona. I believe the best character portrayal of the Joker was by Heath Ledger.
    While I may have grown up watching the Mark Hamill and Jack Nicholson versions of the Joker, Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the character by far is the most believable. Ledger was a method actor, so when he took on the role of the Joker, he put himself through scenarios that would allow him to connect with the character. While it is not a likely cause, the theory that Ledger passed because of how deep he went in his character study makes the portrayal more intense. Not only was the Joker in Ledger’s movies the most violent, they seem more believable because of the actor himself. I agree with Kenny G. when he says that Ledger succeeded with his role of the Joker because of his insanity. The tragedy of Ledger’s death intensifies the role.
    While reason as to why I find Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker may not be the most conventional, they make the character just so much more interesting. You not only want to understand the mind of the character, but the mind of the actor himself.

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