When I think about《蝙蝠侠：黑暗骑士》why it is so successful, the answer seems to always be obvious: the clown.
In other movies, there are also many psychopathic villains, but also villains who want to come up with elaborate crime plans, but the clowns are different.
This does not mean that just adding a clown character to the film will make the film excellent. The detailed case is referenced to DC's other manuscript《自杀小队》.
So, the clown in《蝙蝠侠：黑暗骑士》, where is his uniqueness? Just because of Heath Ledger’s extraordinary acting, there are other factors.
This article will let us explore the role of the villain in the story and analyze why the clown is the perfect opponent for Batman.
First, let's start with the famous writing tutor Robert McGee's《故事》.
"The fun and affection of the protagonist and his story depends entirely on how powerful the villain is"
The meaning of Robert McGee is that the villains must be strong. The stronger the villain, the greater the resistance to the protagonist. The greater the resistance, the more exciting the story.
Take《蝙蝠侠：黑暗骑士》as an example, what is the strong meaning?Unique advice: Create an opponent who is particularly good at attacking the Achilles heel of the protagonist.
Clown and Batman
"Only competing for the same goal can force the protagonist and the opponent to confront each other and repeat the process as the story progresses." John Trubi
This definition can help us identify whether the villain is suitable for the protagonist. So how do Batman and the clown compete for the same goal?
Clown and Batman
Both of them have their own views on what the city of Gotham should have. Batman fights for hope and is committed to eliminating crimes in Gotham City. For law and order, the clown subverts the existing order and puts everything in chaos. Batman fights clowns, and law and order fight chaos.
In the last scene, the clown even had a line that clearly expressed what he knew about the struggle between the two.
"You don't really think that I will risk a fight against the soul of Gotham and fight with you?"
The last scene
Both of them compete for the soul of Gotham, and only one person can win.
This shows that even if a crisis is limited in scale, it can be wonderful as long as it has its own particularity.
In the final scene, life is only a few hundred people on the cruise ship. It is not a villain that Batman is fighting against. When the villain plan destroys the world, at a higher level of thought, we know as a viewer that this is impossible, because the producers need to make a sequel, but the clown is entirely likely to blow up both cruise ships, he will give the movie Bring a ending similar to《星球大战：帝国反击战》as a powerful cushion for the next one.
xxAs mentioned above, Batman and the clown are not the survival of human beings, but the soul of Gotham. The most crucial thing is that the win or lose of this matter is personal.
In summary, the clown is not only very good at attacking the hero's Achilles heel, but also makes Batman into a difficult choice in the process of competing for the soul of Gotham. What is the cumulative effect of all this? What is the most fundamental function of the clown?
In the screenplay, butler Alfred always points out what Batman needs to comprehend.
"Some people are not pursuing anything that normal people are pursuing, such as money, they don't accept buying, they are not afraid of being threatened, they are unreasonable, they can't negotiate, and some people just want to see your world destroyed." p>
In the beginning, Batman thought that the criminal was for money, and that things had the logic of its occurrence, but he learned that he could not despise the enemy, and that his power would also turn into a weakness. The clown made Batman grow more intelligent.
Due to the pressure from the villains, Batman realized that the single-handedness is really limited, but with the right allies can be unfavorable, the clown makes Batman's determination more determined.
"You either die like a hero, or you just live until you break into the wicked, I can take it because I am not a hero, I can be anything that Gotham needs me to be"
In the process of fighting for the soul of Gotham, he realized that he could make difficult choices that others could not do. The clown made Batman a "dark knight."