Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Never Mind The Batman: Joker Inspired by Legendary Punk Rockers

Allow me to geek out for a second.

While it's been reported that the filmmakers behind the epic film "The Dark Knight" based its contemporary real-world version of the iconic comic villain The Joker on punk rock icons like Iggy Pop of The Stooges and Johnny Rotten of The Sex Pistols, Christian Bale [THE goddamn Batman] recently told the UK Telegraph that the late Heath Ledger [who died in January of an accidental drugs overdose] had also watched video clips of Sid Vicious, the late Sex Pistols bassist, while researching the role.

The 34-year-old Bale said: "Heath's created an anarchic Joker unlike any ever seen before.
"He modelled the part on Sid Vicious which made this punk-like character. I think it is a classic portrayal of a great villain."

Says the Telegraph: The punk rock icon, whose real name was John Simon Ritchie, died in New York 1979, also from a drugs overdose. The troubled musician - renowned for his violent behaviour - was facing trial over the murder of his former girlfriend Nancy Spungen at the time of his death.

1 comment:

cole said...

i haven't really been able to complete this thought yet, but it goes something like this: the last couple of jokers were only 'dark' because they distorted what the campy joker from the tv show did. the person and the makeup were ripe for a change. nothing has been invented for the character in a while. only twisted. it doesn't matter one way or the other, i'm just thinking too hard about it.