I believe everyone agrees with me when I say that the Joker is one of the most popular movie and comic book villains ever. In fact, he is so popular that he probably could carry a movie all on his own. What’s interesting about the Joker is that unlike Wolverine, Captain America and Iron Man who are portrayed by just one actor, there are different actors who tried to bring the Joker to life. Today we will take a look at some of the best and worst acting interpretations of the greatest villain of all times.
Obviously I had to start with Heath Ledger and his interpretation of the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”. Heath Ledger’s acting in that movie is so good that many people claim he should’ve received an Oscar for it.
Cesar Romero is one of the first actors who did a great job of bringing the Joker to life. What’s worth mentioning is that Cesar Romero was 60 years old when he took on the role and played in “Batman” back in 1966.
I bet that every true Batman fan remembers how cool it was to see Jack Nicholson’s incredible performance in the movie “Batman”, which appeared in 1989.
Jared Leto is the last actor to bring the Joker on our TV screens and his performance was quite different from what we were used to see. In fact, Jared Leto dove into the character so hard that his colleagues were actually scared of him.
Cameron Monaghan is the youngest actor to take on the Joker and he did it on the TV show called “Gotham”. His portrayal of a young Joker is something truly special which also allowed him to showcase his acting skills.
Mark Hamill is the voice behind the Joker which appeared in “Batman, The Animated Series” and he truly makes him sound like a criminal mastermind.
The most interesting thing about the Joker is that he starts acting different depending on the actor that’s playing it. If you thought Jared Leto’s Joker was a maniac, then it means you didn’t see Kevin Michael Richardson from the animated series “Batman”, which ran from 2004 till 2008.
Another terrifying but entertaining interpretation of the Joker has to be the one of John DiMaggio in the animated movie “Batman: Under The Red Hood”.
Brent Spinner showed the entire world a different and even more crazier than usual side of the Joker when he voiced the character in the “Young Justice” TV series.
Troy Baker is the man who used his voice in order to bring the Joker on our TV screens in the “Batman: Unlimited Monster Mayhem” animated movie.
You might know Michael Emerson from the highly popular TV series “Lost” but he is also the voice actor behind the Joker who appears in “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2”.
Zach Galifianakis proved that The Joker can be quite a funny and lovable character in “Batman The Lego Movie”.
Hugo Blick is the first actor to show how the Joker looked before he fell in the toxic waste that made him a monster.
Everyone remembers watching “Batman: The Brave and The Bold” while growing up and Jeff Bennett is the voice actor who’s responsible for bringing the Joker to life in that animated series.
Not many might remember this but Rod Navarro is also the one the first actors to play the Joker. This happened back in 1973 in the Filipino Batman action fantasy movie called “Fight Batman, Fight!”.
One cool fact about Heath Ledger and his portrayal of The Joker is that he actually made a diary in which he wrote what he believed that the Joker would do throughout the day. This high level acting method is what made Heath Ledger such a huge movie star.
Rumor has it that Jared Leto used method acting while playing as the Joker and he terrified his crew by sending them weird gifts such as live rats, guns and many more.
One of the reasons why Jack Nicholson’s performance is so great is that he focused more on the charismatic side of the Joker and not only on how crazy he actually is.
A really interesting fact about Cesar Romero is that he is the first and only Joker to have a mustache. The production team actually asked him to shave it off but he didn’t want to do that and that’s why it is covered in makeup.
A long time ago rumors were pointing out that Robin Williams wants to be the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s Batman “Returns”. However, Heath Ledger ended up taking that role instead.
As previously mentioned, Jared Leto used to send creepy gifts to his coworkers but it doesn’t end there. He also wrote letters to Will Smith and Margot Robbie while in character as the Joker.
In order to make the Joker seem more real, Heath Ledger did his own makeup so that his hands would always be covered in paint.
Mark Hamill, the man who usually lends his voice to the Joker is also the actor who played the iconic Jedi known as Luke Skywalker.
In case you ever wondered where the inspiration for the Joker came from, you should know that it was from Victor Hugo’s 1928 “The Man Who Laughs”. Just take a look at the picture above, the resemblance is way too uncanny.
Michael Caine admitted in an interview that Heath Ledger actually scared him so badly that he forgot his lines. This should give us an idea of how good Heath Ledger’s interpretation actually was.