The Modern Villain/Monster.
This part of the site is for to talk about the modern Hero but villain's or monster's are way more interesting. This section will be paying special attention to arguably the best villain of a
ll The Joker. first of all why villains and not heroes? Villains fascinate me even they are underdogs society. Maybe its an irish thing always backing the underdog. What I mean by the underdog they must compete against impo
ssible odds and in the end always lose weather its the human Lex Luther versus the
man of steel or the quirky Dr Evil versus the very confident Austin Powers the villain is always in some
respect the underdog. Villains do what we all wish to do they break the rules they push boundaries. They live outside s
ociety in mostly liminal spaces.
The ultimate pusher of boundaries is the
clown prince or crime himself the Joker. Why the joker? Even though batman has probably the widest array of foes and to talk about all of them would take forever. Mr J stands out a mile. His sheer persona is what makes him best bad guy of all. I believe It would be fair to say on some level everyone wants the joker to su
cceeded and why not? He is the supreme underdog. a skinny pale man with no past we know about. He has never beaten batman yet at least in mass media (there is a death of batman graphic novel but I have not been lucky enough to get my hands on it).
One of my favorite quotes of his is:
“all it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy thats how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day”.
This argues that at one stage or another the joker was just like every one else but also that any of us could turn out be just like him. I think it gives everyone a personal felling towards him. I heard that the joker is adaptation of the trickster god (reference the mask movie). This shows where the idea for making him a clown in the ‘60s TVshow and later in the ‘90s cartoon(not the movie but the god). The joker has spanned many generations originally a maniac butwhen the show went to TV he became a clown as I’ve said. Then when Jack Nickleson played him in the
movie he a back track to a type of criminal master mind. When we reach the ‘90s the joker has been
reverted back to a clown voiced by Mark Hammel, Marks voice becomes the jokers for ever more. The reason for bringing the joker back to theclown In the cartoon was because he could not kill (killing being something the joker was quite famous for) so he left his victims paralyzed with a large grin on the face to be honest I think the grins are worse especially as a ten year old watching it and seeing this huge grin on has victims. i think the idea for paralyzing his victims came from Anglo-Saxon and Norse elves who could poison there victims they were also pale skinned.
As I have said the joker is a murderer as are plenty of monsters or villains through the years for example Grendel in Beowulf.He is a murderer and a fiend praying on the suspecting of Heorot. The difference between the Joker and Grendel is the Joker dose not want to use the element of surprisehe wants the whole world t
o see what he is doing. He will tell the world who he is about the kill, when he will kill them and give
ways in which he can be stopped. All this leads up The Joker of the new millennium in 2008 we see a revert to the original joker a twisted lunatic with Heath Ledger. I believe that the joker tells of plans as he wants to caught he thrives on the idea of the unknown he dose not know if batman will foil him.
The Joker and Batman represent the classic Good Vs Bad battle. It is clare to see that they are the anti-each-other.
Evolution of the joker video. I believe that this is why the character is so strong. Also this leads us to other villains for example Austin Powers and Dr evil both played by the came actor they are the reverse side of each other.
To be honest this is what’s makes villains so interesting they are more or less every thing the hero is not. They more often then not do not have problems the heroes have for example spiderman’s moral questions every movie. There function is to cause carious.
It is because of modern Heroes that modern villains keep causing trouble if Super Mario Killed Bowser (or King Koopa for Nintendo generation) then he would stop kidnapping the princess. If roles were reversed Bowser would kill that little plumier from the get go.
Scores of information
Loeb. J and Sale. T - “The long Halloween” - published by Detective Comics - New York - 1996
Moore. A and Bolland. B - “The Killing Joke” - published by Detective Comics - New York - 1988
Madsen. M, Keith. S and Stewart. D - Arkham Asylum Madness edition - published by Detective Comics - New York - 2010