I took Gotham’s white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!
Everyone is familiar with Heath Ledger‘s insane performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight and, whatever your thoughts might be on Joker’s personality attributes, everyone adores it. Because it’s brilliant. There’s not much to be picked on in this.
Ledger managed to make Joker his bitch and create something extraordinary. This guy is absolutely nuts and so bad it’s good. Great. You may even find yourself rooting for him and don’t feel bad about that, you’re not alone.
I’m a firm believer in the “each film is only as good as its villain” (Roger Ebert said that, you live and you learn) approach, each story really, because, you see, heroes, they’re all the same. Might it be about justice, kindness or pure sense of duty, good is their agenda. They’re there to fight bad people. But, villains aren’t necessarily there to fight good people, you know what I mean? Their agenda can come in all colors of the rainbow and then some, they’re not a consequence, they’re a cause. Heroes exist because there are villains. Villains simply exist.
There’s extraordinary power in that, the invention of a villain. There’s a lot of fun to be had coming up with a strong one. Exploring the bad side of an audience can be quite tricky, but the reward is remarkable. I’m a big fan of the likable type of villain, the ones you know are terrible people but you kind of wouldn’t mind hanging out with them or at least meeting them or even be them, but not really, because they’re bad, and you don’t actually want to murder people or submit mankind to your crazy wishes, right?
What about you?
What’s your favorite type of villain?
Or who’s your favorite villain?
By the way, this is my second post on the 3 Day Quote Challenge. A challenge about, you guessed it, quotes. You can pick one or multiple sentences, from all the authors that ever existed or you can come up with your own and share your thoughts about them. I always pick lines from films, but that’s because I have this weird pathology that makes me measure time in movies. You can do whatever you want.
The rules are simple
Three quotes for three days (consecutive or not, your pick).
The quotes can be about whatever, from whomever.
Three nominees each day (no repetitions).
Thank the person who nominated you.
Inform the nominees.