[TV / Movie] Cesar “The Latin Lover” Romero Was The First Actor to Bring The Joker to Life on The Small & Big Screen.
The 45th annual San Diego Comic-Con officially launched on Thursday, July 24, as thousands of fans lined up to see celebrities, show off their costumes, get the latest news and insight of their favorites comic book based movies. One of the biggest, most talked about event that took place in this years comic con was the Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser that was shown to fans. So with it being Batman’s 75th year anniversary and the huge the buzz surrounding the teaser, I thought it would be cool to look back at the first television and movie incarnation of the The Clown Prince of Crime portrayed by the Latino actor Cesar Romero.
Romero played the Joker in the very silly 1966 TV adaptation of Batman. For three seasons, as well as in the 1966 spinoff and first full-length theatrical adaptation Batman: The Movie. Romero’s Joker was the thorn in Batman’s side, rolling his r’s and giving the world the first taste of the insane prankster’s laugh. He famously refused to shave the mustache for the role, so rather than shaving his role as Joker he simply painted over it.
Cesar was born in New York City on February 15, 1907. He was the son to a Cuban mother Maria Mantilla and an Italian father Cesar Julio Romero, Sr. Before landing his role as The Joker Romero was best known for playing “The Latin Lover” role on countless films between the 1930’s and 1950’s. He continued to act and appear on Television shows all the way throughout the late 80’s. Romero died on january 1, 1994, New Years Day, in Santa Monica, California.
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