Who is the best Joker Ever: From Cesar Romero to Jared Leto
“All it takes is a one bad day” – Batman: The Killing Joke (1988)
He is the supervillain who always steals the show. Although we don’t root for him, we are always eager to find out what he does next. We don’t feel happy to see him, but we also don’t want him to leave movie screens ever. The lunatic who sends a chill down the spine every time he speaks or laughs. He is crazy, hilarious, creepy, manipulative, and terrifying. He is the scariest comic book villain of all time – The Joker.
The Killer Clown is finally back in Gotham!
The trailer of the character’s standalone movie “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix hit the internet a few days ago and went insanely viral. The hardcore comic-book fans have been raving about the movie trailer, which has crossed 39 Million views in just 5 days. Slated to hit the theater screens in October this year, the movie revolves around the story of a failed comedian who goes insane and turns into a goddamn scary criminal mastermind. Phoenix loves to experiment with his roles and it seems like he is again going to deliver a power-packed performance. His voice, laugh, and mannerism as Joker look familiar yet extraordinarily different from the previous interpretations of the character. Before the movie come out, let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit the famous portrayals of the caped crusader’s psychotic arch-nemesis.
A Great Hero Needs an Even Greater Villain.
Here we are presenting a list of actors who tossed their hats into the ring to be recognized for their portrayal of the agent of chaos and destruction.
Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
The actor disappeared, the character surfaced! Nicholson played the Joker so flawlessly that it seems like he was born to play this character. He successfully managed to distinguish himself among his contemporaries with his masterful performance. This joker is art-obsessed, cruel and sadistic who loves to wreak havoc. Although this Joker looks more like a crime boss than a madman, a great majority of moviegoers consider him one of the most intriguing movie villains ever.
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
The actor who set the standards! It is considered one of the best performances of late Heath Ledger’s career. He received an Oscar posthumously for his portrayal of the Batman’s antagonist in this Christopher Nolan’s direct movie. His Joker is a terrorist who just wants to watch the world burn. He, arguably, doesn’t have a motive at all.
He is utterly unpredictable and downright obsessed with Batman but doesn’t want to kill him as he loves playing twisted games with him. During the whole course of the movie, we never find out what his actual plan is. Ledger put so must dedication to the role that it took a toll on his physical and mental health. He locked himself in a hotel room for six weeks to study the psychology of Joker. His hard work and dedication paid off as his Joker, in fanboys’ and movie critics’ opinion, the greatest representation of the DC super-villain of all time.
Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)
This portrayal was not at all bad! With silver-capped teeth, green hair, and heavily-tattooed body, Jared Leto’s Joker is nothing-less-than a gangster and psychotic murderer. He has no empathy, even for his girl-friend Harley Quinn.
Although his performance received a mixed response from critics and audience, there is no doubt that he brought a fresh perspective to the character. Leto is a method actor who tried his best to bring something new to the role. He also didn’t get much screen time in the star-stuffed movie, which could be the reason why many Joker fans disapproved his underdeveloped role.
Cesar Romero (Batman, ABc1966-1968)
The joker with the mustache! Romero was a remarkable actor of his time. With his tremendously chilling performance, this Cuban-American performer did complete justice to the character portrayed in 1960’s Batman comics. This was the first small-screen appearance of the sadist villain. Like Heath Ledger, Romero too reportedly suffered from insomnia while and after playing this maniac character.
This joker is not a mass-murderer but loves doing dangerous pranks. He loves electrocuting Penguin and The Riddler and makes plans to turn countries into powder. Although Romero was fully committed to the role, he refused to shave his mustache which was clearly visible underneath the white clown paint on his face. You may find this joker a little cartoonish and the acting over-the-top, but it cannot be denied that his wacky yet unnerving laughter makes his portrayal absolutely legendary.
Now you judge, which actor encapsulated the persona of the clown prince of crime the best? Who do you think is really worthy of ruling over Gotham? Let us know in the comment section.