HOLY CRAP, BEN LINUS IS THE JOKER
Michael Emerson created one of the creepiest and unlikable television villains of all-time with his portrayal of the cold, perpetually scheming Benjamin Linus on ABC’s LOST. Linus was a nightmarish, wormy weasel of a character who was an expert manipulator and could seemingly always talk his way out of any situation he found himself in. Today, it was revealed that Emerson is going to bring another fiendish evil doer to life — quite possibly the most famous bad guy in history — The Joker.
Emerson will voice the older Clown Prince of Crime in the second part of Warner Brothers’ animated adaptation of Frank Miller’s epic Batman graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns. In the story, the Joker is now in his late 50′s and deemed suitable by his psychologists to rejoin society. Of course, this is the furthest thing from the truth, as he turns out to be even more sick and twisted than ever. After launching another grotesque plan, he come face to face with his old nemesis for a memorable and grisly final encounter. Emerson recently spoke to TV Guide about playing the iconic villain:
The Joker in The Dark Knight Returns is a creepy, creepy bastard, so it makes sense that Warners went out and found one of the creepiest bastards of all-time to voice him. I’m really happy with the voice talent on this project, which includes Peter Weller as Batman/Bruce Wayne. I probably won’t bother checking this out until both parts are released, though. Part one comes out the same day as The Avengers Blu-ray: September 25th.