Joker vs. Joker

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Penney Myers Comp 1 Joanne Ford Joker vs. Joker My essay is comparing and contrasting the differences between the two Jokers, the one from the 1989 Batman and the one from the 2008 Dark Knight. The Joker from the 1989 Batman is very different from the Joker in The Dark Knight. For example, their makeup is very different. The Joker from the 1989 Batman's makeup is too perfect for the part. The Joker from the 2008 Dark Knight's makeup suits the part a lot better. The Joker from The Dark Knight plays the part more realistically than the one from the 1989 Batman. He makes him seem insane, whereas the Joker from the 1989 Batman makes him look smart. The Joker from the 2008 Dark Knight, Heath Ledger, portrays evil with no empathy for anyone, as the 1989 Joker, Jack Nicholson, portrays almost a cartoon-like character who wasn't quite as evil. Jack Nicholson has a history of playing evil psychopaths, however, in this film he played a stone-cold killer but was still a prankster. Ledger made the character of the Joker more real. Even though Gotham City is not a real city, I was almost able to believe it was while watching the Dark Knight, whereas in the 1989 Batman, you could tell it was a non-existent place by the characters. The Joker's laugh is another topic to contrast. In this subject, Jack Nicholson definitely takes the cake. Heath Ledger's laugh was pretty convincing as a psychotic freak, however, Jack Nicholson has a bone-chilling laugh that causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand up. In this aspect, Jack Nicholson won hands down. He laughed this classical crazed man laugh like you would think the Joker's laugh would be, loud, long and evil. The smile is a great topic to compare as well. Jack Nicholson's Joker got his smile from a freak chemical accident that wasn't even realistic. His

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