Taking to the stage to headline a rock concert after Led Zeppelin have just performed would arguably be less intimidating than trying to fill Heath Ledger’s shoes as The Joker. But for my money, if there’s to be a Batman reboot or continuation then it has to be done.
After all, Batman and The Joker are like two sides of the same coin and if you’ve got a decent base in Batman mythology you’ll know that it’s almost as though one can’t exist without the other. The Joker even says it himself in The Dark Knight, “You know, I think you and I will be doing this forever”.
We’re not sure yet as to whether or not Warner Bros. will seek to reboot the franchise after Chris Nolan and Christian Bale’s departure in the run up to a Justice League movie but one thing is for damn sure; we haven’t seen the last of the Caped Crusader on the big screen.
And hopefully, that means we haven’t seen the last of The Joker too. Let’s dispense with this right now: there’s no way anyone is going to beat Heath Ledger as The Joker. But the following list doesn’t attempt to beat him – that would be like you or I trying to beat Michael Phelps in a swim-off, it’s just not going to happen.
But the fact remains that it’s not really a matter of if we see The Joker again but when…
Here are 9 actors we think are up to the job.