It's been 20 years since Alan Moore's "Batman: the Killing Joke" came out.
I don't care how much you think you like or know about Batman. If you haven't read "Killing Joke" you don't get it. You don't get Batman. You don't get the Joker. There are few other books I can hold to that same high standard. I think every character has books that define the character, but few as strongly as Killing Joke does for Batman
Killing Joke, and Arkham Asylum for Batman.
Man Without Fear and Guardian Devil (by Kevin Smith) run for Daredevil.
Anyway, there's a good article on Killing Joke here. Check it out.
I recently read that Adrien Brody wanted the part of the joker. No offense to Mr. Ledger, but that seems a better fit to me. I have no doubt Heath will do a great job, but as a comic geek its hard to see past my own preferences and be happy with a good job. I think Adrien Brody should be in every movie. I think Woodie Allen, Darren Aronofsky, Wes Anderson, and Danny Boyle should direct every movie. Clint Mansell, Jon Brion, Danny Elfman, Mark Mothersbaugh, Yann Tiersen and as of late Dario Marianelli should score every movie.
This is an exaggeration, but you get the point.
There are essentially two ways that joker is portrayed in comics: clean, handsome, calculating, brilliant, etc.
and dirty, disease ridden, maniacal, creepy, and otherwise disgusting.
I prefer the second. I like my joker insane. Good stories have been told with both. but the crazy joker scares me more.
i'm glad that that is the direction they are taking Ledger's batman. I personally wanted them to cast Steve Buscemi as the Joker, because in my mind the Joker is older than Batman, but Adrien Brody would have been sweet.
I will be happy with heath ledger. but until i can have that fact confirmed to me i worry.
But it should be a good year for comic movies. Hellboy 2 is going to be cool. Iron Man is going to be awesome. New Batman should be rad. and then next year we see Watchmen. Good things are coming up. in the more distant future we have film versions of Surrogates and Scott Pilgrim to look forward to.