#2 The Kubrickean analogies continue with the Joker -- no not just in the very obvious design and anarchist influences of Alex DeLarge, but in the other idea about the Joker's past.
He tells us a frightening story about how his father was a drinker... and one night he gets crazier than usual
' got the knife from the kitchen...
But he doesn't like that... not one bit.
(spoiler tags for an F bomb - the scene has the father threatening mom to stop pointing the damned knife at his face)
"Why So Serious"
is essentially the theme of The Shining
, and the story about the traumatised little Joker-boy with Ledger is actually this kid:
WHo... yes... happens to be the son of the same guy who played the Joker in the last good Batman film series. I always agreed to the notion that Ledger's Joker is spiritually a bastardized son of Nicholson's Joker.