Writer David S Goyer, who co-wrote Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, has mentioned that not giving Heath Ledger’s Joker an origin story was thought of a ‘controversial thing’, regardless of the success of Batman Begins. Goyer mentioned that ‘people were worried’ about the determination.
“I do remember when we were talking about, ‘Well, what if the Joker doesn’t really have an origin story?’” Goyer recalled throughout a latest Comic Con at Home interview. “Even after the success of Batman Begins, that was considered a very controversial thing, and we got a lot of push-back. People were worried.”
In The Dark Knight, Joker narrates completely different variations of his origin story — whereas one advised home violence, one other hinted at parental abuse. But the altering narratives spotlight Joker’s unreliability.
In 2019, Joaquin Phoenix performed the character in Joker, an Oscar-winning film about the origins of the iconic comedian ebook villain. Like Ledger, he received an Academy Award for his efficiency.
Nolan spoke about maintaining Joker ambiguous in an interview to Empire journal in 2012. “Our Joker—Heath’s interpretation of The Joker—has always been the absolute extreme of anarchy and chaos, effectively. He’s pure evil through pure anarchy.”
Nolan continued, “And what makes him terrifying is to not humanize him in narrative terms. Heath found all kinds of fantastic ways to humanize him in terms of simply being real and being a real person, but in narrative terms we didn’t want to humanize him, we didn’t want to show his origins, show what made him do the things he’s doing because then he becomes less threatening.”
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