Originally Posted by regwec
The thing that I want the next interpretation of The Joker to stress, that has not yet been fully explored, is the nature of his appeal to others. People follow The Joker to their deaths, and commit acts of which they would not have dreamed before they came under his maniacal influence. They are drawn to him, and the simmering promise of death and evil that he represents, like moths to the flame. Does The Joker represent mankind's darkest desires, or does he inspire by bewilderment and terror alone? Whichever, it seems it is easy to join his wild little band, but impossible to leave alive and unchanged. In that regard, he is a symbol of madness itself.
They explored it in TDK with Thomas Schiff (Batman mentions how the Joker attracts the crazies) and the fat dude with the bomb in his belly ("The boss said he would make
the voices go away
. He said he would
go inside and replace them with bright lights
.") I like how they felt more like disciples than just henchmen like Bob in B89 and they reminded of the Manson Family or some crazy followers of a dangerous guru or cult leader.