Re: am I the only one who DIDN'T think Nicholson nailed joker??
We're getting bogged down with strawmen.
Nolan didn't use The Riddler because he had already blown his load with a psychological villain and didn't want to do a remake of The Dark Knight. He couldn't think of a way to differentiate Riddler enough from Joker so as to not cover the same ground. So he dropped Riddler and went for Bane.
A lot of people say Jim Carrey was a Jack Nicholson Joker knock-off but I disagree. There was the whole obsession with Bruce Wayne and trying to find out Batman's identity. Then trying to break him by forcing him to choose between his two identities (either save his love interest as Bruce or his partner Robin as Batman). Joker in TDK does the same thing with Dent/Rachel.
Joker in Batman '89 was all about him and Batman both being freaks (one good and one evil), hence the "I made you, you made me".
Nolan couldn't use the same formula, so he essentially combined certain elements for Joker.