Should the Joker be in Batman vs. Superman? No. In my opinion, we wait until the next Batman solo film so that we avoid a character overload and have a repeat of Spider-Man 3, but that’s just me. Whichever movie he is included in, I definitely think he needs to be included in the franchise. Honestly, what is Batman without the Joker? The Joker needs Batman and Batman needs the Joker. The Joker, however, is a very complicated character and needs to be handled with care.
Do I think Heath Ledger gave an excellent performance in The Dark Knight? Of course, but – and this is of no fault to him – I’m not particularly fond of the direction they took with his character. And I know there are people who disagree with me, and I respect their opinion, I just would have preferred a Joker more true to the comics. Perhaps something more along the lines of Mark Hamill’s Joker. Just a bit more… enthusiastic, I suppose. A good contrast to the dark, brooding entity that is the Batman. Not meaning to say that Ledger was depressing on screen, but I’d like to see the over-the-top psychotic Joker who loves to make big productions out of his evil escapades. The one that makes you happy when you know you’re not supposed to be.
Moving on to casting. Who should be the man to bring the Clown Prince of Crime to life? Keep in mind, not only should this actor have the look and the voice, but the acting chops, as well. Let’s face it, Mark Hamill’s incredible, but that’s not going to happen. Ever. Maybe a long time ago it would have worked, but in this day and age, I just don’t see it happening. I think the job should go to Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s right. The man who’s portrayed such iconic characters as Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek’s Khan. Not only can he play in insane genius, but a heartless villain, as well. I think this incredible actor is just what WB needs.