The Joker has come a long way since Cesar Romero’s day, now over fifty years ago – and even his incarnation changed over the course of the TV series. While not my absolute favourite, it’s hard not to enjoy Cesar’s Joker. I note that neither Jack Nicholson nor Heath Ledger had the balls to challenge Batman to a surfing contest.
The new film, of course, gives Joaquin Phoenix the luxury of no Caped Crusader to steal his airtime (though, having re-watched the 1989 film recently, you could argue Nicholson was almost there himself). The characters are so inter-twined, it’ll be interesting just to see what exactly he gets up to and where the film goes with no yang to his yin. One thing is for sure, though: Joker is the Bat villain who should be able to pull such an exploration off, and Phoenix’s interpretation of the character certainly piques interest from the trailer, even if I do still wish someone would give the classic comic book/1989 Joker another serious shot.
This portrait was a something of a botched experiment, really – as well as a desperate attempt to shut out the unholy row of Strictly Come Dancing. I was going for a glitch effect between the two Jokers, but my attempts at the effect really did not work, so I separated the two and gave them a clean relief. That’s why I love digital: easy re-purposing. Maybe it should be grittier and maybe I should have spent some time planning the composition instead of rushing in. I suppose there are a few more Jokers to choose, should I want a second go.