The Joker as Performance Style from Romero to Ledger
Dan Hassoun begins our exploration, engaging the Joker’s propensity to fluctuate as a character over time by analyzing a generally under-researched dimension of screen and media studies: performance. In pursuing a deep reading of the Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger screen performances (but leaving aside those of voice actors such as Mark Hamill), Hassoun argues that the decisions of actors have a central importance when considering our collective interpretation of so prominent a character. Moreover, Hassoun’s article serves as a case study for how performance studies might be more closely aligned with film and television analysis, to the respective fields’ mutual benefit.
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