‘THE DARK KNIGHT’ BROKE SUPERHERO MOVIE VILLAINS

by Ezra Buckley on June 14, 2017

The superhero flick antagonist really hasn’t been the same, if you think about it.

Here’s a new working theory to start your Tuesday. We have not seen, nor are we likely to see the kind of villainy portrayed by Heath Ledger’s The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight again, full stop. This is something to which I often return — just about any time a new superhero film is released into the world. It’s not hard to see why Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as Batman’s most iconic foe was so masterfully realized. What is hard to see, however, is who (if anyone) has picked up the mantle of “Ultimate Antagonist” and run roughshod through some superhero’s big coming out party. The answer is that very few have even come close. So much so that we’re caught in a loop of discussion around the various “villain problems” of the numerous cinematic universes populated by super-men and super-women.  READ MORE

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