Is the Final Joke on the Joker?
With Acculturated gone from the internet, I am reposting some of my Acculturated articles here, in their entirety. Enjoy. Not since the Anthony Hopkins’ brutally cultured Hannibal Lecter has a screen villain so frightened, enthralled, and twistedly delighted audiences. Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight will go down in history as a film-stealing antagonist, but perhaps for all the wrong reasons. In my previous columns on Superman and Batman, I looked at how the themes