I know what you are thinking, am I stealing one of the greatest movie names here? I most probably am. This is my entry for Great Villain Blogathon-2016, which by the way had me excited since March 2016  and thank goodness I get to make it in time for this year’s entries. I love villains, we all have that soft spot for a villain where we want to take their side, especially if you are a woman. No denying. Obviously we do not want to support or let alone something like that happen to us or the ones we love but we all love and appreciate a good villain in a movie/novel/anime etc.

First, no copies are allowed in this blogathon but I do not know if Joker has been already put up by someone in the Great Villain Blogathon  2016. I do not have enough time to search and then write since it’s already 9 PM in India and soon it will be 12 AM & I really want to write this. So I hope you can understand my sentiments.

So, who do you think is my one selection for the year?

THE  JOKER.

Simple, he is the TRUEST form of a villain. He isn’t afraid of showing up, he is very well covered and stays two in fact three steps ahead of the hero and accept defeat head on. Better plan next time. You are not defeated unless you accept it and take it to heart. After all, why so serious? Life is more fun when you have a joker around, right? Insert and evil full of sarcasm laugh from him and my statement is complete.

Joker. Villain. Dark Knight.

Give a man a mask and he will show you his true face. ~ Joker

Joker doesn’t believe in being alone, unlike other villains. He knows he needs his minions but he also knows his minions can betray him, so he finishes them himself to show the others who is the boss. Unlike others, he creates a real villains like Harvey Dent.

Harvey Dent. Dark Knight. Villain. Great Villain Blogathon

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the VILLAIN… So he said.

Well, maybe he lived too long.

He gives the man a reason to kill. He gives the fighter or rights, truth just one reason to turn into someone who would be put in the same category as the ones he fought against.

He wanted to rip people off of the very belief on which their crumbling soft system is built. He doesn’t care if someone gets hurt, he wants people to hurt, he wants people to question their inner demons, their true faces that they won’t show to anyone else. Like the final scene in the two boats. One with the prisoners and one with the civilians. Both have the right to kill the others, take their lives and save their. In those moments people showed their true colors, the tension on their faces and their actions, all of it.

Even when those people on the boats don’t push the button.

Joker says, “”You can’t rely on anyone these days. You gotta do everything yourself. It’s okay. I’m prepared.”

Batman: What did you do?

Joker: You didn’t think I’d risk losing Gotham’s soul in a fist fight with you.. No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine’s Harvey.

I took Gotham’s white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn’t hard… You see.. Madness is like gravity. All it takes is a little, Push… ~ Joker

In the end Joker couldn’t corrupt Batman though, his one true goal. At least that’s what I like to believe. He did say to Batman, “You truly are incorruptible” and that’s why he had to choose Harvey, Batman wouldn’t do it.. Joker did whatever he can and he did it in style.

Villains are portrayal of the demons which artists of any kind (writer, painter, graphic designer, screen writers, movie makes etc) take and turn into something that people can enjoy and marvel at. DC comics got to marvel at a wonderful villain whose true face is visible yet so difficult to grasp.

Heath Ledger is one of my favorite actors and with this movie he gave life to one of the most thought-provoking villains. Although it was his last act, it was the BEST.

Well, so that’s it. Comment and tell me what you think. 🙂 Now I’m off to read about other great villains. See you.

Update: As you can see in the comments me and Saaransh of Saranshsinghpundir has a great chat there after which he agreed excitedly to draw a sketch of Joker. And today (02/06/2016) he surprised me with this awesome sketch. Thanks so much for such a wonderful sketch Saaransh, it depicts the style and persona of Joker in all of his dark glory.

The great villain blogathon. Joker

Joker by Saaransh Singh Pundir