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10.06.2009

I'm not quite sure what to make of this series of fan-made videos titled "The Joker Blogs." The premise is decidedly cool, with the "tapes" you're viewing being the leaked sessions of interviews between Dr. Harleen Quinzel and the Joker during his stay in Arkham Asylum, which begins shortly after the end of THE DARK KNIGHT.

The writing in the videos I’ve watched has been pretty decent, and it reminded me a bit of something you might find in the “Arkham Asylum” video game. The lead actor’s Joker is obviously trying to capture the spirit of Heath Ledger, and though he does a better version than most fans I’ve seen (the makeup is great, and his body language and mannerisms are dead-on), his voice occasionally veers into Christopher Walken and Hannibal Lecter territory.

In any case, even a passing resemblance to Ledger’s Joker makes you sad all over again that we’ll never see the character onscreen again. I’ve embedded the first “session” below and I suggest you head over to TheJokerBlogs’ YouTube page if you want more. If you don't like the first one, I recommend pushing through. They start to get more interesting around the third installment.

Update: I just finished the whole series thus far, and despite you naysayers, I actually think that this was very well done overall. You get used to the voice after a few episodes. 

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Extra Tidbit: I think I land on the side of "cool." If only the voice was a *touch* closer.
Source: MTVTheJokerBlogs

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6:02PM on 10/13/2009

THIS GUY IS AMAZING

I can't stop watching these videos. Sometimes creepy, sometimes hilarious, this guy really knows how to 'get to people.'
I can't stop watching these videos. Sometimes creepy, sometimes hilarious, this guy really knows how to 'get to people.'
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1:47PM on 10/13/2009

incredible

this series is brilliant, absolutely. and for all the people who have NOTHING BETTER TO DO than HARP ON HIS VOICE, you will never be satisfied until he becomes a medium and channels heath. until heath's voice comes out of this kids throat you wont be happy. it isnt going to happen. and its kinda sad that the only thing you people can think of to say is that you dont like the voice. obviously the video is good since you've got nothing else to complain about. grow up.
this series is brilliant, absolutely. and for all the people who have NOTHING BETTER TO DO than HARP ON HIS VOICE, you will never be satisfied until he becomes a medium and channels heath. until heath's voice comes out of this kids throat you wont be happy. it isnt going to happen. and its kinda sad that the only thing you people can think of to say is that you dont like the voice. obviously the video is good since you've got nothing else to complain about. grow up.
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1:10PM on 10/13/2009

Brilliance

I've watched the Blogs from beginning to end and found that the line "I get to people...trust me." IS TRUE. There's something about writing, acting, and overall production of this webseries that screams of even greater things to come for the people involved. I strongly suggest folks to give the show a chance. If you have issues with the voice, take in consideration that the actor isn't trying to be exactly like Ledger's Joker. There are aspects of all the Jokers that have come before this
I've watched the Blogs from beginning to end and found that the line "I get to people...trust me." IS TRUE. There's something about writing, acting, and overall production of this webseries that screams of even greater things to come for the people involved. I strongly suggest folks to give the show a chance. If you have issues with the voice, take in consideration that the actor isn't trying to be exactly like Ledger's Joker. There are aspects of all the Jokers that have come before this interpretation, which makes him wholly different. If you can suspend your disbelief for a lot of a hoo-ha out that Hollywood produces, you can surely overlook minor differences in an actor's interpretation of a character that was here long before Heath Ledger and will, hopefully, be here long after his untimely death.

Give the Joker Blogs a chance.
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7:40AM on 10/13/2009

Outstanding

I hate it that people keep saying stuff about the "Voice". When did the team say anything about them wanting to be just like heath ledger and get everything spot on?
Because thats impossible, Heath ledger is heath ledger, it won't hurt him if someone is trying to play a part that he did. If heath was still alive, i think he would be proud of what the joker blogs are trying to achieve.

This guy looks like he wants to try it himself and make the character his own. To me the voice is perfect
I hate it that people keep saying stuff about the "Voice". When did the team say anything about them wanting to be just like heath ledger and get everything spot on?
Because thats impossible, Heath ledger is heath ledger, it won't hurt him if someone is trying to play a part that he did. If heath was still alive, i think he would be proud of what the joker blogs are trying to achieve.

This guy looks like he wants to try it himself and make the character his own. To me the voice is perfect for the role, the acting, his lip movements, just everything. He looks so much like the joker its kinda scary! haha. But yeah, i think this dude has a great chance in acting, someone will take him on. One day he may even become famous, you never know these days. B).
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11:09PM on 10/12/2009

Very Well Done

He's not doing an imitation as much as he is doing an interpretation of Heath Ledger's Joker. There is a difference. One is trying to recreate and the other is carrying on in the tradition of. He pays homage to Heath by his number 4479 (Ledger's birthdate) but the Joker character is not meant to replace Heath Ledger's great role or compete with it. It's simply a way to continue a story that was cut short due to the great actor's early death. I think he's done a great job of keeping the
He's not doing an imitation as much as he is doing an interpretation of Heath Ledger's Joker. There is a difference. One is trying to recreate and the other is carrying on in the tradition of. He pays homage to Heath by his number 4479 (Ledger's birthdate) but the Joker character is not meant to replace Heath Ledger's great role or compete with it. It's simply a way to continue a story that was cut short due to the great actor's early death. I think he's done a great job of keeping the spirit of The Dark Knight's joker going, and takes us to the next chapter in the story. A lot of people are watching this series and are enjoying the chance to see where Joker might have led us beyond the Dark Knight. Lots of talent on display, that's for sure.
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11:51PM on 10/11/2009

Worth watching!

His voice is not a problem for me. He's not Heath Ledger, and I don't expect an exact match. I loved this incarnation of the Joker, and enjoy these videos as VERY well made tributes to and continuation of it. The whole series is definitely worth your time to watch, IMO!
His voice is not a problem for me. He's not Heath Ledger, and I don't expect an exact match. I loved this incarnation of the Joker, and enjoy these videos as VERY well made tributes to and continuation of it. The whole series is definitely worth your time to watch, IMO!
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1:11PM on 10/07/2009

The Voice.

I watched a couple of these clips a long time ago (almost a year I think?) and while I liked the efforts taken for makeup, I hated the voice. I tried watching the rest but I so f*ckin' hated the voice. Extremely off and you kinda feel a lil' embarrased actually watching someone try to 'redo' Heath Ledger but with a really bad voiceover.

Good effort, nice acting, kudos for those but couldn't get over the voice.
I watched a couple of these clips a long time ago (almost a year I think?) and while I liked the efforts taken for makeup, I hated the voice. I tried watching the rest but I so f*ckin' hated the voice. Extremely off and you kinda feel a lil' embarrased actually watching someone try to 'redo' Heath Ledger but with a really bad voiceover.

Good effort, nice acting, kudos for those but couldn't get over the voice.
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11:23AM on 10/07/2009

VOICE COULD BE BETTER BUT ALL IN ALL HE

not mannerism are good and its well written i can picture ledger saying things like this in the movie
not mannerism are good and its well written i can picture ledger saying things like this in the movie
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10:40AM on 10/07/2009

really?

Would the guards and the warden at Arkham Asylum really let him keep his makeup on?
Would the guards and the warden at Arkham Asylum really let him keep his makeup on?
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1:10AM on 10/07/2009
I'm amazed that Mr. Jay has made it onto Joblo! I've been fallowing this guy on youtube for maybe 2 months now and I agree with Jo, His voice rubs you wrong but after a few minuets you get so used to it you want more. I just found out today that October is going to be BIG for Joker and I can't wait.
If they ever need to find a Joker for the next batman movie, they found the guy!
I'm amazed that Mr. Jay has made it onto Joblo! I've been fallowing this guy on youtube for maybe 2 months now and I agree with Jo, His voice rubs you wrong but after a few minuets you get so used to it you want more. I just found out today that October is going to be BIG for Joker and I can't wait.
If they ever need to find a Joker for the next batman movie, they found the guy!
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7:43AM on 10/07/2009
If I could give you a million thumbs down, I would.
If I could give you a million thumbs down, I would.
1:08AM on 10/07/2009
i don't hate...but i don't love it. Somebody wants to do their own little joker thing, fine. If it's not for me i just won't watch anymore...easy as that.
i don't hate...but i don't love it. Somebody wants to do their own little joker thing, fine. If it's not for me i just won't watch anymore...easy as that.
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12:17AM on 10/07/2009
Really...stop it! Just...STOP IT!! It's one thing to admire an artist's work, but get one thing straight. YOU'RE NOT HEATH LEDGER!!!! Why do people feel like they are doing such a decent enough job to post amateur videos? Get a f***ing life! So, once again...STOP IT!!!
Really...stop it! Just...STOP IT!! It's one thing to admire an artist's work, but get one thing straight. YOU'RE NOT HEATH LEDGER!!!! Why do people feel like they are doing such a decent enough job to post amateur videos? Get a f***ing life! So, once again...STOP IT!!!
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11:18PM on 10/06/2009

ugh

just...ugh
just...ugh
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10:49PM on 10/06/2009
More fan-made Batman shite? No thanks.
More fan-made Batman shite? No thanks.
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10:42PM on 10/06/2009
I'm so glad i sat through that shittastic sponsor trailer to see....a blank video.
I'm so glad i sat through that shittastic sponsor trailer to see....a blank video.
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9:03PM on 10/06/2009
He's got Ledger's look. . . but Brando's voice?
He's got Ledger's look. . . but Brando's voice?
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9:00PM on 10/06/2009

poser, lame, gay, etc

everyone should feel dumber for having watched that, the lamest, worst, let me make up a word [link] video i have ever seen, PS, ledger isnt dead, its all part of the plan
everyone should feel dumber for having watched that, the lamest, worst, let me make up a word [link] video i have ever seen, PS, ledger isnt dead, its all part of the plan
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8:57PM on 10/06/2009

Nah

Well, the makeup looked good. Not so much the hair though. In the film, it doesn't cover his ears that much and it's not that Aragorn like.

The acting was a pretty lame copy.
Well, the makeup looked good. Not so much the hair though. In the film, it doesn't cover his ears that much and it's not that Aragorn like.

The acting was a pretty lame copy.
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8:32PM on 10/06/2009

A Fine Imitation

Enjoyable to watch, with some real talent on display, but in the end a mimic can only echo another person's superb creation.
Enjoyable to watch, with some real talent on display, but in the end a mimic can only echo another person's superb creation.
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8:31PM on 10/06/2009

A Fine Imitation

Enjoyable to watch, with some real talent on display, but in the end a mimic can only echo another person's superb creation.
Enjoyable to watch, with some real talent on display, but in the end a mimic can only echo another person's superb creation.
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7:50PM on 10/06/2009

Not Bad...

Make-up is great - voice needs work - Acting is pretty decent
Can't replace Ledger tho...
Make-up is great - voice needs work - Acting is pretty decent
Can't replace Ledger tho...
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7:42PM on 10/06/2009
not gonna lie- I'm not a homophobic but he sounds like, gay? makeup is spot on. cheers to that
not gonna lie- I'm not a homophobic but he sounds like, gay? makeup is spot on. cheers to that
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7:22PM on 10/06/2009

It's alright...

It's not bad, but I agree that the voice definatley needs some work.
It's not bad, but I agree that the voice definatley needs some work.
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6:48PM on 10/06/2009
very well done indeed.
very well done indeed.
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6:30PM on 10/06/2009
It's interesting in the sense that these people haven't gone for comedy and just want to present a possible continuation of the story but yeah...needs work.
It's interesting in the sense that these people haven't gone for comedy and just want to present a possible continuation of the story but yeah...needs work.
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6:21PM on 10/06/2009

this is bad.

His hands really piss me off. If Ledger turned down Joker in Dark Knight, would you rather have Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Tom Cruise as a second choice?? If they were the only two.
His hands really piss me off. If Ledger turned down Joker in Dark Knight, would you rather have Joseph Gordon-Levitt or Tom Cruise as a second choice?? If they were the only two.
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5:52PM on 10/06/2009
not good at all. not a bad imitation, minus the voice, but you can't simply imitate how Heath Ledger created the character behaving in specific situations and simply use those same mannerisms in completely different ones where the character may behave differently.
not good at all. not a bad imitation, minus the voice, but you can't simply imitate how Heath Ledger created the character behaving in specific situations and simply use those same mannerisms in completely different ones where the character may behave differently.
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5:51PM on 10/06/2009

God, the makeup is fantastic.

And i do like the concept and all, but that voice does need a lot work; there are more people on the YouTube that can kick the shit out of this.
And i do like the concept and all, but that voice does need a lot work; there are more people on the YouTube that can kick the shit out of this.
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4:42PM on 10/06/2009
I agree with the "update". Yeah, the voice sucks, but it becomes less noticeable the more you watch. It gets pretty clever as it progresses and I can't help but encourage people to do stuff like this, especially since fan-made stuff is the only Joker "sequel" we're going to see.

(gotta say I never thought the voice was that hard to impersonate, you'd think the make-up and mannerisms would be what was inevitably lacking... *shrug*)
I agree with the "update". Yeah, the voice sucks, but it becomes less noticeable the more you watch. It gets pretty clever as it progresses and I can't help but encourage people to do stuff like this, especially since fan-made stuff is the only Joker "sequel" we're going to see.

(gotta say I never thought the voice was that hard to impersonate, you'd think the make-up and mannerisms would be what was inevitably lacking... *shrug*)
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4:20PM on 10/06/2009
dumbest shit ever
dumbest shit ever
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4:02PM on 10/06/2009
great makeup. but the voice..oh man, that kills it.
great makeup. but the voice..oh man, that kills it.
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3:35PM on 10/06/2009

Well..

Based on seeing just this clip, everything is spot on except for his voice. Unfortunately, his voice is the most important aspect for convincingly bringing the character to life...
Based on seeing just this clip, everything is spot on except for his voice. Unfortunately, his voice is the most important aspect for convincingly bringing the character to life...
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3:22PM on 10/06/2009
The makeup is awesome, looks really like Ledger's BUT the voice needs work. Badly.
The makeup is awesome, looks really like Ledger's BUT the voice needs work. Badly.
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2:44PM on 10/06/2009
It just kind of seems like they're trying too hard on every aspect of recreating the character. From the body language to the philosophical social commentary dialogue, it's just a little too much of everything.
It just kind of seems like they're trying too hard on every aspect of recreating the character. From the body language to the philosophical social commentary dialogue, it's just a little too much of everything.
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2:36PM on 10/06/2009
That is the shittiest joker impression I've heard. He just sounds like a shy New Yorker or something. Terrible.
That is the shittiest joker impression I've heard. He just sounds like a shy New Yorker or something. Terrible.
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2:35PM on 10/06/2009
Neat!
Neat!
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2:28PM on 10/06/2009

bad.. here's why.

1. joker acts as if he is about to explode with anger or frustration. - supposed to be played with a more distinct air of self-control.

2. not enough jokes...

3. bring the lights down.. please.
1. joker acts as if he is about to explode with anger or frustration. - supposed to be played with a more distinct air of self-control.

2. not enough jokes...

3. bring the lights down.. please.
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2:26PM on 10/06/2009

why...

Why is this even posted? It is one of the better joker impressions i have seen, but c'mon how is this at all relevant? There are tons of cool things that fans throw together, but this site should be for official movie news, not any old thing that seems cool. Maybe it warrants a link in the extra tidbit, but this has no place as an actual article. this sort of stuff make me feel like this site is really starting to lose its journalistic integrity. *cough* buy modern warfare 2 *cough*
Why is this even posted? It is one of the better joker impressions i have seen, but c'mon how is this at all relevant? There are tons of cool things that fans throw together, but this site should be for official movie news, not any old thing that seems cool. Maybe it warrants a link in the extra tidbit, but this has no place as an actual article. this sort of stuff make me feel like this site is really starting to lose its journalistic integrity. *cough* buy modern warfare 2 *cough*
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2:19PM on 10/06/2009
I would have changed the hair to a new style and modified the make-up. Since the jokers skin isn't bleached in the movie like it is in the comic I would make it like he had to make due with any kinds of cover up he can get his hands on. No disrespect to these guys but if it is like this why don't he just go ahead and wear a joker mask from Halloween.
I would have changed the hair to a new style and modified the make-up. Since the jokers skin isn't bleached in the movie like it is in the comic I would make it like he had to make due with any kinds of cover up he can get his hands on. No disrespect to these guys but if it is like this why don't he just go ahead and wear a joker mask from Halloween.
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1:52PM on 10/06/2009
The voice is definitely terrible. The make up is stellar though.
The voice is definitely terrible. The make up is stellar though.
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1:38PM on 10/06/2009

So...

...Are the jokers the new jack sparrows for theater nerds? Quit ruining my comic cons.
...Are the jokers the new jack sparrows for theater nerds? Quit ruining my comic cons.
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1:33PM on 10/06/2009

Bleh...

Decent makeup, everything else sucks.
Decent makeup, everything else sucks.
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1:30PM on 10/06/2009

Eh...

Trash, the voice is horrible.
Trash, the voice is horrible.
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11:07PM on 10/12/2009
He's not doing an imitation as much as he is doing an interpretation of Heath Ledger's Joker. There is a difference. One is trying to recreate and the other is carrying on in the tradition of. He pays homage to Heath by his number 4479 (Ledger's birthdate) but the Joker character is not meant to replace Heath Ledger's great role or compete with it. It's simply a way to continue a story that was cut short due to the great actor's early death. I think he's done a great job of keeping the
He's not doing an imitation as much as he is doing an interpretation of Heath Ledger's Joker. There is a difference. One is trying to recreate and the other is carrying on in the tradition of. He pays homage to Heath by his number 4479 (Ledger's birthdate) but the Joker character is not meant to replace Heath Ledger's great role or compete with it. It's simply a way to continue a story that was cut short due to the great actor's early death. I think he's done a great job of keeping the spirit of The Dark Knight's joker going, and takes us to the next chapter in the story. A lot of people are watching this series and are enjoying the chance to see where Joker might have led us beyond the Dark Knight. Lots of talent on display, that's for sure.
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