So the dark summer blockbuster is clearly going to be The Dark Knight. The hype around this movie is getting intense. Of course in New York there are advertisements everywhere, and oddly enough they decided to keep their ad campaign centered on Heath Ledger's role as the Joker. I had heard that his role is based upon studying Alex DeLarge of "A Clockwork Orange", so naturally as a film nerd I am excited.
But how does a film like this deliver? Its simple and the answer is staring them right in the face. The elephant in the room about this film is that Heath Ledger isn't with us anymore....He's out in L.A somewhere. But kidding aside, he's dead.
So .....The Joker must die.
Obviously everyone knows that there can be no sequel starring the Joker so the opportunity is staring them in the face. With all of the current flood of Superhero movies how does one compete? Kill off the villain.
It never happens but everyone always wants to see the good guy actually kill the bad, not just leave him for dead. This situation provides the perfect opportunity. While many, and of course the film critics would be the first, would consider this move to be in horribly bad taste.
Fuck 'em. When the ending comes and Batman stabs the Joker and leaves him laying on the ground for a long zoom out shot not one person in the theater will be able to claim they actually believed that was coming.
What's Heath Ledger gonna do- sue us?
He's a good actor and he'll appreciate that he will be remembered in one of the most controversial and shocking endings in modern film. People are excited for The Dark Knight and they wanna be left with something that will be remembered - and if Heath Ledger as The Joker was killed by Batman- people will remember it. So hurry and someone call up Christopher Nolan and tell him to call back all the copies in theaters before this things hits the screen...tomorrow.
P.S. These Pineapple Express posters are sweet