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Subj: Re: Okay, How To Handle the Joker Problem.
Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 at 08:25:52 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Okay, How To Handle the Joker Problem.
Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 11:44:14 pm EDT
Personally, I'd like to see a moratorium on all of the major villains for two full years - Joker, Penguin, Two-Face...really anyone who's been given the "big screen" treatment, just to require the writers to focus on moving the legacy forward through creative writing rather than just cashing in on the casual audience that is looking for the standard punchline.
Batman has a lot on his hands with just keeping Gotham safe. There could, and really should, be a huge amount of entertaining, thought-provoking writing just based on fighting organized crime and corruption. Why do we need to have him constantly, and reactively, dealing with a small, rotating handful of sociopaths?
And ditch the resurrected characters too. Does anyone else feel as though writers these days are more focused on the footprints they leave on these characters, the revolutions they make to canon, than the actual stories they tell?
> Say it with me folks: NO MORE JOKER. For at least a year. I'm hoping for about two or three years at most, but it'll be a miracle if we don't see him every six months. I have to say, going over his chronology, omg, wtf? It's like he appears in 5 or 6 titles a year. And sometimes he even appears in two or three books a month. I remember him appearing in both the concluding arc or Gotham Knights, and the concluding arc of the Red Hood at the same exact time. And then I think about two or three months later he helped Luthor in Infinite Crisis. Geez, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the Joker. But stop overexposing him. His character is becoming so dilluted. He was used to very good effect in No Man's Land. THAT'S how he should be used. Everyone was all like "Where's Joker?" There was a sense of dread and fear in the air. Now, it's all gone.
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