Whoa! The interest in the new Batman movie: The Dark Knight grows and grows. Heath Ledger's version of The Joker is super scary, and bears no resemblance at all to the semi-parody of previous on-screen incarnations.
Back in the 80's, everyone gushed about Jack Nicholson's portrayal. Although, overall, I liked thr movie, I was actually disappointed with Mr. Nicholson. I never really felt any menace seeping off of him. At the time, it was rumored one of the other actors up for the part was Willem DeFoe. If you ever want a glimpse of what his Joker might have been like, check out the movie, Streets of Fire. The movie is worth your time for the awesome street fight challenge match with sledgehammers. Yeah -- sledgehammers.
Anyway, getting back to the Dark Knight. Heath Ledger's Joker seems much closer to the mental image I've carried around of what could've been with a DeFoe Joker back in the 80's. Sick, Nuts, Anarchic, and Ruthless.
Check out all the currently available with these links. This has nothing to do with the new movie, but was famous from a couple of ComicCons ago. I apologize that whoever posted it to YouTube spoiled the surprise with the title. It's still worth watching; it's far above the average FanFilm.