With the latest cinematic vision of the Joker set to hit the silver screen, riding a wave of oscar buzz, what better time to look back at the previous incarnations of The Clown Prince of Crime.
Honourable mention to Cesar Romero’s early attempt, but his cheesy lines would have been as much of a give away as trying to hide his unshaved moustache under all that make up.
Jack Nicholson took the role and promoted it to a new generational audience in Tim Burton’s Batman. In signature Nicholson style, he left quite a mark on the character with a memorable performance which really began the cult following the Joker has.
Christopher Nolan embarked on revisiting Gotham and out of the dark and gritty woodwork came Heath ledger’s iconic performance. Nolan managed to capture the despair and chaos Ledger bought to life in The Dark Knight, in a masterpiece which became the yardstick for all future villains across the spectrum - no one has really come close since.
Jared Leto is the most diversive of the group. A character that was somewhat spoilt by hype and ‘trying to hard’, which in the process ended up losing the authenticity of the character - the Suicide Squad adaptation just didn’t feel natural. Maybe Leto fell victim to his predecessor's perfect performance, or the writer's tried to 'over-sell' the character, either way, the performance fell short.
How well do you really know Mr.J? Can you tell these Jokers apart from their quotes alone?
Answers at the end!
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