Its not based on any one single comic graphic novel as it is, but each movie in the trilogy borrows elements from multiple different comics. This trade paperback edition represents the landmark miniseries, with a new cover by miller and 28 pages of new material, including a new introduction, endpapers and chapter headings by miller, the original covers to the miniseries and warner books edition, the plot to the dark knight falls, and material from millers sketchbook. Confidently directed, dark, brooding, and packed with impressive action sequences and a complex story, the dark knight includes a careerdefining turn from heath ledger as well as other oscar worthy performances, tdk remains not only the best batman movie, but comic book movie ever created. In an interview with collider, he shared his thoughts on what he would like to see in a possible dark knight. It feels like this trilogy gets remembered mainly for heath ledgers joker performance, but its worth reflecting on the fortunate fact that we had a filmmaker of nolans caliber creating not just one superhero film but an entire trilogy. The dark knight owes its tone to the comic books that inspired it, and. I have never seen a comic book movie adaptation deal with these themes in such an effective and emotive way before batman begins or even after the dark knight rises the dark knight. Nolans inspiration for the film was the jokers comic book debut in 1940, the 1988 graphic novel the killing joke, and the 1996 series the. Joker could change the view of oscar voters about comic book films. Jul 22, 2018 heath ledgers oscarwinning turn in the dark knight 2008 got all the accolades, but the film proved a watershed for comicbook movies. Jul 17, 2018 from the jokers first comic appearance to the long halloween and batman reboots of yore, these are the books that influenced the dark knight trilogy. The dark knight returns bookstr bookstr book news, best. Other comic book movie adaptations have been dark and gritty, but joker is still highly unusual in the genre.
But newby notes in his thr piece that its easy to misremember the dark knight as a. This dyad of competing polarities is explored through tim burtons and christopher nolans batman and joker comic tofilm adaptations. Oct 09, 2015 its not based on any one single comic graphic novel as it is, but each movie in the trilogy borrows elements from multiple different comics. Bad robot repeat offender michael emerson has provided the voice of the joker for the upcoming second part of the dark knight returns animated adaptation tv guide were good enough to provide. The joker is a comic book character with almost 80 years history, half of which he was portrayed as homosexual. The joker heath ledger has plotted the perfect crime. Sep 05, 2017 the dark knight actually changed joker s origin story a bit here. The joker the most memorable dark knight trilogy quotes. Batman comics that inspired dark knight, according to christopher. Joker bags more oscar nominations than the dark knight. It feels like this trilogy gets remembered mainly for heath ledgers joker performance, but its worth reflecting on the fortunate fact that we had a filmmaker of nolan. But it owes a debt to heroes in previous trophy seasons.
Unlike most comic book movies, the dark knight presents a foe and a challenge that cant be solved with a fistfight something that the joker himself points out. How christopher nolan pulled off the dark knight s truck flip without cgi while the dark knight elevated both batman and comic book movies to being hailed as credible oscar fare, nolan still found a way to homage the original tvmovie joker, cesar romero, in his spectacular sequel. Batman had several comic adaptations based on his motion pictures. Though as a comic book adaptation it seems more of a adaptation of the other film adaptations. It stayed in the realm of comic books, set in a city that never existed and featuring characters that five. This series already has a large selection of batman books but new this year is the sub series the dark knight. Now there is a bounty on batman christian bale, the only one capable of stopping the joker and the mob. The serial starred lewis wilson as batman and douglas croft as robin. How the dark knight completely changed superhero films gma. Similar to batmans circumstances with the joker in the graphic novel. The dark knight 2008 when the menace known as the joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of gotham, batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to. A great story like dark knight returns gets a twopart treatment, and just like part 1, part 2 is just as great to watch, even with some parts that got cut out of the adaptation like joker s kiss of death with the dr. White knight sees the funnybook felon in something of a role.
Batman comics that inspired dark knight, according to. The joker and batman resemble the old duality of order vs chaos, dionysus vs apollo. The dark knight returns is a 1986 fourissue comic book miniseries starring batman, written by. Phoenixs joker almost entirely ignores the comics the character is based on.
When gotham city is in chaos during the blackout, batman brings together the. Its actually a bit erroneous that the movie is even nominated for best adapted screenplay, as phillips and scott silvers script doesnt ostensibly adapt any existing comic book. The return of bruce wayne storyline, the dark knight depicts bruce waynes life in gotham city following his new global commitment to the newly established batman incorporated. Is that scene, where arthur fleck, in fullfledged joker makeup, goes on stage with robert di niro a callback to the dark knight returns scene when the joker poisons the audience and the talk. Barman is well know and doesnt really need the comic anymore. The dark knight is still the best comic book movie. While it will not be loved by all, it may serve as the perfect new starting point for dcs future approach to its films. Published two years prior and written by frank miller who. Mar 23, 2016 the most memorable dark knight trilogy quotes. Jun 23, 2017 the joker is unquestionably one of the greatest villains in the history of comic books. The joker is one of the main antagonists of frank millers 1986 batman. Joker finally finishes what the dark knight started screen rant. How joaquin phoenixs joker changed comic book movies looper.
Its not based on any one single comicgraphic novel as it is, but each movie in the trilogy. Prior to nolans dark knight trilogy, comic book properties as a whole had not been. The hero has had numerous films made in his honor, and christopher nolans take on the dark knight still stands as one of. Dec 10, 2017 superheros are the modern equivalent to mythical gods of greek antiquity.
Comic book movies do not need to be a direct adaptation of their source material, but can serve. The dark knight legitimized comic book moviesnot with audiences who, after all, made the original batman a huge success in 1989, but with studios. The movie redefined the entire genre, proving that comic book films can be art, and was, at least in part, responsible for the age of superhero movies we live in today. The joker is a supervillain and the archenemy of batman. The dark knight returns, script and pencils by frank miller, inks by klaus janson. Joaquin phoenix on those joker rumors, marvel movies, and comic book adaptations by steve frosty weintraub april 10, 2018 share tweet. The joker, clown prince of crime, is batmans archnemesis. The violent comic book adaptation wanted earned oscar nominations for best sound editing and best sound mixing, but lost best sound editing to the dark knight. How joaquin phoenixs joker changed comic book movies. Jul 18, 2018 the dark knight legitimized comicbook moviesnot with audiences who, after all, made the original batman a huge success in 1989, but with studios. The 10 greatest joker stories of all time newsarama. Well, joker has also inspired quite a few new memes and one of the more popular ones pits ledgers joker against phoenixs arthur fleck, by mashing up two iconic moments from dark knight and.
A new interview with the crew of the dark knight reveals just how dicey joker s pencil trick was for the actor involved. Joker star joaquin phoenix arrested at climate change protest first of all, joker is hardly a superhero movie, or even a comic book film, for that matter. Sin city, and of course christopher nolans gritty dark knight trilogy. The dark knight movie trilogy is a concise adaptation of several decades worth of. Damon lindelof has guided the first season of watchmen home, for better or for worse. The dark knights legacy, 10 years later the atlantic. The dark knight returns is a 1986 fourissue comic book miniseries starring batman, written by frank miller, illustrated by miller and klaus janson, and published by dc comics. Batman 1989 film comic adaptation batman returns comic adaptation. Its this realism that really sets the dark knight, and batman begins, apart from its contemporary comic book adaptations that seem to litter the cinema screens these days. Joker wont screen at aurora theater where the dark. But newby notes in his thr piece that its easy to misremember the dark knight as a superhero movie.
The dark knight returns comic book miniseries, a posthumous antagonist on its 2002 sequel miniseries the dark knight strikes again, an unseen antagonist on the 1988 story arc batman. Why the dark knight is still the best superhero movie ever. Why wasnt more of jokers history revealed in the dark knight. Joker beats the dark knight oscar nominations record. Official comic book adaptation of the 1989 batman film.
Joker wont screen at aurora theater where the dark knight rises mass shooting occurred in 2012. The dark knight owes its tone to the comic books that inspired it, and christopher nolan, screenwriter jonathan nolan, and writer david goyer, credited with the story for the film, have made no. Jokers oscar success owes debt to the dark knight, black. As we approach an award season where joaquin phoenixs joker may be in the running, heres some history on comic book adaptations accolades so far. The dark knight, with a different subtitle for each issue the dark knight returns, the dark knight. The joker isnt a character keen to turn hero like so many other comic book super villains, but sean gordon murphys batman. Black panther, the dark knight and other comic book movies.
Jan 09, 2020 the dark knight was and still is unlike any other comic book adaptation. Ten years on, and with pages of comic panels spilling onto the screen on an almost monthly basis, the dark knight, which opened july 18, 2008, remains the high point of comic book adaptations. Set 20 years in the future, this story finds that in the absence of superheroes, criminals have run amok, and a gang called the mutants are terrorizing gotham city. If the killing joke is the most famous joker story, then the dark knight returns is the most famous batman story. This play with light and shadow is even more pronounced in the dark knight, the film which arguably revolutionized comic book tofilm adaptations. Mar 03, 2016 the academy has historically slept on comic book adaptation movies and features in this area taking home hardware is rare. Over the years, viewers have created their own intricate theories about the dark knight s joker and his backstory, and one particular narrative has come to. Like nolans trilogy, joker deliberately seeks to break away from the confines of superhero tradition and lean more towards an artistic style of filmmaking that. Batman the dark knight movie, the joker, two face, christian bale, heath ledger, aaron eckhart, maggie gyllenhaal. Being a world war ii era production, the movie serial like many of this period was used as wartime propaganda and had an antijapanese bent with j. The marketing for the movie has also gone viral with several sites being found on the web. One of two new ongoing titles to feature bruce wayne after the batman. At long last, the nominations for the 92nd academy awards have arrived and surprisingly enough, joker leads the way with 11 nominations. Joker finishes what the dark knight started fittingly, the first comic book movie to really pick up the spirit and legacy of the dark knight is another set within the batman universe.
The world of comic book adaptations has predominantly centered around the works of marvel which owns spiderman, xmen and the avengers and dc which owns batman, superman. Dark knight returns joker to be played by michael emerson. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement, the joker later in the 1940s. Sep 04, 2019 in the iconic comic book, the unnamed mans career in comedy ends in a chemical bath, but arthur flecks story might end on a different note entirely. Unfortunately, though, the characters track record outside the comics hasnt exactly been spotless. Dark knight superhero movies joker avengers endgame. Jul 18, 2018 it definitely helped give comic book adaptations, particularly superhero movies, a higher profile and prestige that goes with them, newby told gma, along with attracting bigger names to these films. Christopher nolans the dark knight trilogy saw a dramatic shift in comic book movies that was never continued. First, ill start by saying i hate the joker, and the childish comical way he is usually portrayed in anything aimed at kids makes me hate him even more as. Joker finally finishes what the dark knight started. The dark knight returns alternatively titled batman. In other nonchronicle news, in 2012 we got the conclusion of christopher nolans dark knight trilogy with the dark knight rises. Jokers collide in this hilarious dark knight crossover meme. The arrival of 92nd academy awards brings more cheer and recognition for the joker team.
And this is the batman that christopher nolan produces on screen and which causes maggie gylenhalls character to question whether batmans vigilante justice is justice at all. The dark and gritty version of batman was borrowed from the modern frank miller comic books, but the grounded realism and respect that nolan brought to the comic book adaptation was what i believe. The dark knight had the joker because it needed that. The dark knight rises 2012 eight years after the joker s reign of anarchy, batman, with the help of the enigmatic catwoman, is forced from his exile to save gotham city from the brutal guerrilla. Lets celebrate this milestone with something that looks promising. Joker is a movie thats burrowed into the zeitgeist with its singular reimagining of the chalkfaced maniac from dc comics who has become the most iconic super villain in comic book history. Based on the dc comics character batman, the film is the second installment. Joker is dcs most bold, fresh and original picture since 2008s dark knight. Goyer after gordon, dent and batman begin an assault on gothams organised crime, the mobs hire the joker, a psychopathic criminal mastermind who wants to bring all the heroes down to his level. The dark knight earned comic book adaptations an all new respect. It definitely helped give comic book adaptations, particularly superhero movies, a higher profile and prestige that goes with them, newby told gma, along with attracting bigger names to these films. The dark knight was an american comic book ongoing series, written and penciled by david finch and featuring batman. The dark knight monitor movie guide the latest batman movie is a relentlessly bleak take on the comic book, with a superb performance by heath ledger as the joker.
When it comes to dc entertainment, batman still reigns supreme. Since the dark knight was the first and only appearance of the joker in nolans batman trilogy, the. When originally published, the series was simply titled batman. That, and the dark knight trilogy had stupid aspects like the joker s ridiculous 11 step plan, the far fetched harvey dent using a coin to decide peoples fate, and a lot of mediocre writing in.
The first full picture of the joker has appeared and you can view it here. Dark knight theory explains the biggest mystery about. Batman was a 15chapter serial film released in 1943 by columbia pictures and was the first appearance of the comic book character on film. Joaquin phoenix on joker rumors, marvel movies, and comic. By setting batman in a world we, almost, recognise it becomes all the more threatening and disturbing, the joker, despite his ott attire, outlandish, fiendish plans and. The joker is a master criminal with a clownlike appearance, and is considered one of the most infamous criminals within gotham city. For instance, in such significant graphic novels as frank millers the dark knight returns or grant morrisons arkham asylum. Jan 14, 2020 in fact, comic book adaptations may become trendy with oscar voters yes, joker could actually give the genre the last laugh. When the series was collected into a single volume later that year, the story title for the first issue was. It is now the most nominated film based on a comic book adaptation followed by christian bales the dark knight which gathered upto eight nominations in best cinematography, best visual effects, best sound mixing, est production design.
Every version of the joker ranked from worst to best. How has joker changed the landscape for comic book movies going. Oct 28, 2019 other comic book movie adaptations have been dark and gritty, but joker is still highly unusual in the genre. The dark knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, coproduced, and cowritten by christopher nolan. The history of comic book movies at the oscars ign. Joker the dark knight returns villains wiki fandom. In the film, he has a glasgow smile, a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victims mouth up to the ears, leaving a. Easily one of the best films of the year so far and definitely the best comic book adaptation since richard donners superman. Differences in batman 1989 movie vs comic book youtube. An agent of chaos known for his malicious plots, wacky gadgets and insidious smile, he has caused batman more suffering than any other. The movie is being considered to be the best comic book. Trivia a slight sequence shift takes place during the part where the joker s parade in gotham city takes place, with the people being gassed by the balloons prior to the joker having the gas actually being released. After all, the dark knight returns is one of the greatest comic books ever written.1400 167 1493 48 855 1030 590 1354 1159 401 267 457 1253 177 749 171 1164 1298 1061 683 479 680 156 844 799 946 1049 1305 827 1176 1079 251 381 818 1472 651 734 544