But what about Holmes' dyed hair? Isn't that clearly an imitation of the Joker?
What the experts and news media missed is that the Joker doesn't have red hair in any of the Batman films - or anywhere else, for that matter. Neither Joker in the films - played by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger - had red or orange hair.
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The Joker's hair is - and always has been - green. If Holmes were imitating the Joker, he seems to have done a very poor job of it, neglecting to adopt the character's makeup, hair color, costume or any other characteristic of the iconic villain. Holmes didn't use any part of the Joker's image in the attack.
But what about the countless reports stating that Holmes explicitly claimed to be the Joker? As John Miller reported on the CBS show "Face the Nation," that initial claim "turned out not to be true."
In fact, Miller noted, "Every single witness that (the police) have spoken to, and that we (CBS News) have spoken to, has said that he did not say a word, he just opened fire. And in fact he was wearing a gas mask with a movie going on in the background so had he actually elected to say anything, no one would have heard him anyway."