Originally Posted by Sblargh
I think what makes TKJ a very good short story is precisely that anyone who isn't the Joker is just an object, including Batman. It is a very tight script. It's about how a monster rationalizes to himself that he isn't truly evil, he just had a bad day and went insane and the story, overall, takes the side of the monster, it makes us want to understand his point of view as close as possible without endorsing it. Even Batman and Gordon just show up so you can remember that the Joker is supposed to be a villain and even then it ends with Batman kind-of-almost-of-sorta sympathizing with him.
This is a problem of modern movies as well. Whenever you add filler junk to an otherwise laser-focused script, you are just asking for problems.
Hmm, when you put it like that, i agree. I just don't feel it's a particular good story. Perhaps it's the fact that everyone is so out of character or that the story is so short, but even when i first readed way back then, it never grabbed my attention like other classics like year one, Tdk and Arkham asylum. It's a well constructed comic, but not one that made me fall in love with. I'm not too fond of the Joker character though, so that's probably it. I liked him more when he wasn't so edgy, which is funny, since killer joke is one of the comics that pretty much changes him towards what he is nowadays.
Originally Posted by Sanjuro
I'm not in disagreement of what others are stating of the overall story.
There has just been a trend of people dismissing it recently (largely reactionary to Alan Moore's commentary). It's place is still there amongst the most recognizable reads. That's my point.
Well, lately Alan Moore has been dismissing pretty much everything he wrote when he was younger and people still love most of it. I believe some people were influenced, but there also the fact that this comic is one of his biggest works, so there's more people reading and making critiques than stuff like Promethea or League of extraordinary gentlemen.