April 12, 2018

Joaquin Phoenix to portray “archetype of chaotic evil”: Why it matters who plays “The Joker”

Ben DaviesRebel Host | Rebel Reel Reviews


No less an expert on archetypes than Dr. Jordan Peterson has called Batman's nemesis The Joker the perfect embodiment of "chaotic evil." He's also said that Heath Ledger's portrayal of the comic book character in 2008's The Dark Night was the best.

Now Joaquin Phoenix is signed to take on this iconic and daunting role, in the upcoming big screen origin story.

This is great news — as long as the character is done right. (I'm looking at you, Jared Leto...)

There's more depth to the Batman/Joker saga than you might expect, and that's important:

These blockbuster films are seen by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and help shape how they think about good and evil.

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commented 2018-04-13 16:03:05 -0400
Cesar Romero’s Joker was probably as good as the character could be played on what was basically a TV kids show in the 1960’s.

I liked Jack Nicholson’s version of the Joker, a ruthless mobster who was driven over the edge. The movie was good but still a little campy.

Heath Ledger’s version was by far the best of the bunch. Insane but highly intelligent, he clearly had a death wish. He would give you a way to defeat him every time but it would involve going against your core principals to do so. He might as well have been playing Satan himself – which is likely why the character worked so well.

Jered Leto also played the Joker. The movie was an example of why you should never let SJWs anywhere near your movie.
commented 2018-04-13 10:35:28 -0400
The theme running through the movie is summed up in this quote attributed to Franklin. “Those who give up liberty for security deserve neither.” It perfectly mirrors the surveillance state in the news today. Facebook’s current problems, with selling users data, too the government’s invasive data collection on it’s citizens via cell phones and GPS tracking

. Too bad we don’t have the kind of oversight the Dark Knight entrusted in Lucius Fox. The ethical and incorruptible conscience of the movie.