But should Ledger's killer clown be the last Joker to grace the big screen? That's what the fanboys over at a new site called The Ultimate Joker are arguing. They've launched a petition calling for studios to withdraw the character for good from any future Batman movies, a somewhat strange request given all the actors who have stepped into the Joker's murderous shoes on screens large and small. Banning Joker from the silver screen might seem like an unreasonable request on its garish face, but the team at The Ultimate Joker is standing by it, and no doubt will be aided if Ledger takes home a posthumous Oscar later this month for his portrayal. In addition to the online petition , The Ultimate Joker site operators have fired up an Ultimate Joker Flickr pool and posted downloadable web graphics to let others show their support.
Heath Ledger Fans Call for Joker's Retirement From Film
Heath Ledger fans 'want Joker retired'
Fans of late actor Heath Ledger have started a petition calling for the Joker to be retired from the Batman movies. The producers of The Ultimate Joker website have argued that Ledger's BAFTA-winning portrayal of the supervillain was so perfect that no attempt should be made to replace him. They said: "It's impossible to imagine, impossible to draw or dub much less repeat the performance. The Joker must die now and forever. They added that the "ultimate Joker" deserves the homage of having the character retired from future films. Director Terry Gilliam recently described Ledger as a "genius" and the best actor of his generation.
Alternative versions of Joker
A group of hardcore Ledger supporters have formed a website called The Ultimate Joker , which is trying to gather signatures to convince Warner Brothers to withdraw The Joker character from any and all future productions. They think no one will ever surpass his performance, and consequently, no one should even try. After we saw The Dark Knight, we thought this Joker was really the best. It deserves to be withdrawn from any Batman sequels… When Michael Jordan retired, they withdrew the number 23 jersey as an honor. And why close to the door to the possibility, no matter how remote, that someone could actually do a better job?
As a fictional character and the archenemy of Batman , the Joker has been represented in a variety of different stories that redefine elements of the characters appearance and personality. Each work typically establishes its own continuity, and sometimes introduces parallel universes, to the point where distinct differences in the portrayal of the character can be identified. This article details various versions of the Joker depicted in works including various alternative universe stories. In the graphic novel Batman: Digital Justice created by Pepe Moreno , an artificial intelligence calling itself the "Joker Virus" takes over a futuristic, technology-dependent Gotham City in the late 21st century and claims to be the reincarnation of its creator, the original Joker. Batman, in this version, the grandson of Commissioner James W.