Why does it have to be a "slave to G1 thing"? Can't it be that I really disliked what I saw of the cartoons and didn't want to get into another new line?
I really liked the DW comic based on Armada/Energon before it went under. I'm open to Beast Wars. I even have a couple of RID figures that I quite like, as well as Unicron, who is technically an Armada figure. I don't dislike the designs from the movie, even, though I'm in no hurry to tell Hasbro that with my money.
BTW, the Joker has never been portrayed in the same way twice. My scenario works with him, but only when he's portrayed "properly." (I consider the best portrayals to be the animated version, especially in Mask of the Phantasm, and in The Killing Joke, which is easily the best Joker story ever told--and not just because he put a bullet into Batgirl.)