1940: The Joker first appeared in comics.
1989: The Joker first appeared in cinemas.
2008: The Joker was perfected by Heath Ledger.
That is the working theory for an army of Heath Ledger fans who are imploring Hollywood to retire the character following the actor's award-winning portrayal in "The Dark Knight." Claiming the honor would be a mark of respect for the deceased Heath, fans have created a website called TheUltimateJoker.com that urges people to sign a petition supporting the notion of forever retiring the character from movies.
"If you are one of the many who believe Heath Ledger is the best Joker ever, sign with us to ask for the character to be withdrawn for good, to never be used again in any future Batman sequel," they've written on their site. Since -- spoiler alert!!!! -- The Joker survives the events of "Dark Knight," there's been a lot of speculation as to whether Christopher Nolan would hire another actor to take over in the third film of the never-hotter franchise.
Personally, I can't see anyone desiring to follow in Heath's now-iconic footsteps -- especially not so close to his original performance. But what do you think, should The Joker be shelved permanently, for a little while or not at all?