Downey Jr: "F*ck DC Comics"

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Apparently, Robert Downey Jr.'s love for Marvel Comics goes deeper than just playing the title role in Iron Man. Talking about the movie that made his the second most-popular superhero of the summer, Downey went further than anyone would've expected - and maybe further than was necessary, as well - in complaining about the competition.Interviewed during a promotional appearance for his new movie, Tropic Thunder, Downey declared that he just didn't understand what everyone saw in Batman's new movie:

My whole thing is that that I saw 'The Dark Knight'. I feel like I'm dumb because I feel like I don't get how many things that are so smart. It's like a Ferrari engine of storytelling and script writing and I'm like, 'That's not my idea of what I want to see in a movie.' I loved 'The Prestige' but didn't understand 'The Dark Knight'. Didn't get it, still can't tell you what happened in the movie, what happened to the character and in the end they need him to be a bad guy. I'm like, 'I get it. This is so high brow and so f—king smart, I clearly need a college education to understand this movie.' You know what? Fuck DC comics. That's all I have to say and that's where I'm really coming from.

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Hardly the riskiest thing for a man under contract to Marvel Studios to say - especially considering that he avoided saying the more accurate "Fuck Warner Bros.," who actually made the movie and would be more responsible for making movie casting choices than a comic book publisher - but still an unusual attack nonetheless. Maybe he's trying to remind to start an Iron Man/Dark Knight feud to promote the Iron Man DVD release...? Robert Downey Jr. Interview [Moviehole]

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Chris Braak

@willentrekin: No, I think that the Joker's motivation is addressed. He wants to plunge Gotham into chaos—the escalation of his activities shows this. He doesn't just "blow up a hospital." He holds a hospital for ransom so that average citizens will try and kill an innocent man. He precipitates an evacuation of the city so that he can force the people on the ferryboats into a game of chicken with each other—because he believes that, when under pressure, people will abandon their moral codes. He doesn't just "kill a handful of people"—he actively pursues the representatives of order and stability in the city in an effort to undermine civilian confidence.

Why does he do it? The fact that you never learn why (except, possibly: he thinks it's funny) is exactly what makes him the perfect counterpoint to Batman. We know what drove Batman to be the Batman—and we know that this understanding (of fear, and its nature) is what enables him to assault the criminal underworld. It is this understanding that fails when it comes in contact with the Joker, who is every bit the force of nature that Batman wishes he was.

Your desire to humanize the Joker, by showing us what broke him, or showing us that he has some issue he had to grapple with, or some line he had to be forced to cross, is misplaced; it would only serve to weaken the nature of the Joker's character, and thus make Batman's struggle with him less interesting.