I still remember watching Jack Nicholson play The Joker in the first Batman film directed by Tim Burton. He did it very well, but it's scattered with the same Nicholson mannerisms you've seen hundreds of times in his films. So this time, what will The Joker be like? I for one, hope that Ledger can do just as good as Nicholson. He's got the look down pat, obviously, from the picture. But The Joker isn't just a comicbook villain, he's an icon of evil.
The Joker is psychotic. Sociopathic. Insane. Remorseless. Evil. From his small and skinny frame, you wouldn't expect him to be a threat. But he is truly dangerous. By the time you think you're safe in his presence, it may be too late. The Joker is one of a kind, because he doesn't need a reason to do whatever he wants to do. He just does it. And he does it with a laugh, an evil grin and a look in his eyes that you won't forget. Basically he is everything Batman isn't, even though both of them instill fear in others.
I guess you can tell I'm quite excited about this film. I am. Though to be honest, there was very little information and press on it prior to the release of this picture, save for a 59 second trailer (which was rather disappointing) and riddles guarding the official website. So I owe my gratitude to Empire magazine for this picture. It speaks volumes for Batman fans everywhere.
Here's hoping The Joker will outdo that bloody Liam Neeson in the previous film. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!