Joker v. Joker Screening As our favorite brooding vigilante turns 75 this year we’ve teamed up Jack Nicholson’s and Heath Ledger’s Jokers in this spectacular double bill. The ‘Joker v. Joker’ evening will kick off with Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, played by Michael Keaton. We see Bruce for the first time on the big screen begin his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. Inspired by the original work of Bill Finger and Bob Kane from the late thirties and forties and also by the darker Batman comics of the 1980s, the film moved the franchise closer towards its dark roots and away from the 1960s interpretation of the character. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight will directly follow this (after a short interval) with the late Heath Ledger’s remarkable portrayal of the Joker. This award winning feature is arguably the most popular and daring of Nolan’s trilogy and with the infamous ‘not the hero we need’ speech gives a greater insight into the character than the other Nolan films. Become fully immersed into this universe by watching these iconic movies on the biggest screen in the Midlands. There may be surprise or two during your visit. The evenings events will be preceded by a short introductory talk from Professor Will Brooker, who is the leading academic expert on Batman and an international scholar of popular culture. He gained the title ‘Dr Batman’ for his PhD on the cultural history of the character, which was published in 2000 as the book Batman Unmasked. His most recent book, Hunting the Dark Knight, explores Batman’s meaning in the 21st century, in the context of Nolan’s movies, Grant Morrison’s comic books and the Arkham video games. Also grab yourself a portrait by cartoonist and caricaturist – Andy ‘Doodles’ Baker who will be here on the night creating unique images for anyone attending the event. Each piece will take around ten to fifteen minuets to complete and cost £10. Booking for this event has now closed.