Re: am I the only one who DIDN'T think Nicholson nailed joker??
I don't even know where this discussion is heading right now. Look it was 1989. The landscape of the superhero film genre was vastly different than it is now. They were never going to give us a panel for panel re-telling of the Batman mythos. It was never their intent to bring the Batman comic to life on the big screen. It was about making a movie. And not just a movie comic geeks could salivate over, but something everyone could enjoy.
Personally I think he did a damn fine job. Gotham looked fantastical like it did in the comics and yet the world he created was still modern enough and real enough so as to bring Batman up to date. People laugh at the Prince music but it was little touches like that which made the movie resonate with the modern audience. A nice blend of fantasy and reality, as if to say "in a world not so unlike out own". That image of Joker smiling maniacally as he showers the crowd with money is about as pitch perfect as you could get.