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JOKER Hollywood Movie

complete story of Joker Movie

JOKER Hollywood Movie

This is the true story of the Joker. 80 years after he first appeared the canonical origin of the Joker is still shrouded in mystery. And fittingly enough for the man with a multiple-choice past, no one really knows who exactly came up with him either. So let’s start with what we do know about his creation. Three men have claimed the honor of creating the clown prince of crime. There’s artist Bob Kane, who for decades was the only byline on Batman, getting all of the cash and accolades despite having a fairly minimal role in shaping the world of Gotham. There’s also writer Bill Finger, arguably the real brains behind Batman, who died penniless and unacknowledged until just a few years ago. Finally, there’s Jerry Robinson, one of Kane’s assistants who did a lot of the actual ya’ know, drawing for him. Much of the argument revolves around who
came up with what first, but if we take everyone at their word, it kinda goes something like this. Robinson dreamt up a character made of contradictions. A comedic clown and an ice-cold killer all in one. So he jotted down this playing card sketch and showed it to Bill Finger. The finger wasn’t super impressed, but the concept reminded him of a still he had seen from an old silent movie, 1928’s ‘The Man Who Laughs.’ Based on an 1869 novel by Victor Hugo, tells the story of Gwynplaine, a boy punished for his father’s actions by mutilating his face into a permanent rictus grin. These illustrations from the 1800s are creepy enough. But it was clearly actor Conrad Veidt’s portrayal that provided the blueprint for Batman’s arch nemesis. Bob Kane whipped up a design based on Finger and Robinson’s ideas, plus a little inspo from this creepy Coney Island mascot. On April 25th, 1940, the Joker was born. Today, all three men share the credit for his creation, although, as often happened in the Golden Age of comics, only one of them got rich. For such an old character, the Joker actually appeared fairly fully formed in his first appearance. But thanks to congressional hearings and a national censorship campaign, Mistah J. was forced to undergo some changes. In his debut story, the Joker brazenly announces that he’s going to murder three of Gotham’s most prominent citizens. A simple plot that established so much about his character from his twisted sense of humor, to his callous disregard for human life. It directly inspired Heath Ledger’s iconic turn in ‘The Dark Knight.In 1942, just two years after his first appearance, the Joker committed what would be his last murder for decades as he morphed from a psycho killer into a harmless prankster. Towards the end of the Golden Age, the comics industry was rocked by a moral panic as concerned parents around the country blamed a perceived rise
in juvenile delinquency on those awful, nasty comic books. The newly established Comics Code put the kibosh on Joker’s killing sprees, though this period wasn’t a total loss as far as his development goes. Once guns and knives were off the table, DC had to be more creative with the clown’s criminal tools, leading to his iconic arsenal of deadly joy buzzers, acid-spewing boutonnieres, and all sorts of wonderful wonderful toys.
In 1951, we got our first tantalizing glimpse at what could be the Joker’s origin. As the Comics Code tightened its grip on the medium, DC eventually phased out Mister J. altogether, pitting Batman against aliens and other silly sci-fi villains instead. But while the character was hibernating in the comics, the Joker made his debut outside the printed page in the 1966 ‘Batman’ TV series. In what would become a tradition with casting the clown prince of crime, the person behind the makeup wasn’t really who you’d expect. Cesar Romero, a Cuban-Spanish actor known as the Latin from Manhattan, was mostly famous for romantic roles. But with his luscious mustache covered with grease paint, he was the perfect flamboyant foil for Adam West’s deadpan Dark Knight. It’s time for you to sing a different tune, my crooked clown. Songs are for parties my caped copper. Starting in 1973, Denny O’Neal and Neal Adams returned the Joker to his violent roots. Their exquisitely evil take on the character was so popular that Mistah J. even got his own solo series. Although it only lasted 9 issues, DC mandated that the Joker had to be caught and punished at the end of every story. Still, the stage was set for the Joker renaissance. And from the ’80s through the modern era, different generations of writers and artists began to explore and expand his twisted character. Frank Miller’s ‘Dark Knight Returns
and Grant Morrison’s ‘Arkham Asylum‘ introduced a queer subtext to Batman and the Joker’s relationship.
A Death in the Family and ‘The Killing Jokemade their feud even more personal. In the legendary animated series, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm introduced us to the greatest thing that happen to Joker since Gotham got rid of the death penalty. Mistah J. continues to evolve in the pages of DC comics today. From the existential terror of ‘The Clown at Midnight,’ to the faceless Mr. Fixit from the Snyder and Capullo run. But when it comes to the Joker, comics are only half the story. Because arguably his character has made the most impact onscreen. Over the years there’s been plenty of actors who put a smile on their faces to portray the Joker. Troy Baker, Kevin Michael Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, and Zach Galifinakis, just to name a few.

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