Being cast in the role of the Joker comes with an incredible amount of pressure. Every actor that has stepped into the role, has tried to make his performance memorable. They want it to stand out but must also be mindful of going too far with it, as well as completely losing themselves in the role.
With a handful of live-action versions appearing on the big screen most of us nerds fancy one over the other. I’m really not trying to bag to Jared Leto anymore as I feel that version was doomed from the start, but until Joaquin Phoenix gave us his take on the character, the debate was really between Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.
While I do like Ledger’s Joker more, I think Nicholson’s take on the villain was nothing short of fantastic. His Joker was more happy-go-lucky, whimsical if you will, and found a wonderful balance between camp and chaos.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn weighed in with his opinion and favorite version during a recent Q&A on Instagram. And as you can read below, he is still torn between two of what we’ll now call, the big three.
“I have a hard time choosing between Ledger and Phoenix.”
Both of these versions are masterful performances and also fit so well within their respective films (as did Nicholson’s). It’s not as if we have to choose one over the other, as each actor brings aspects to the character that make it work for their particular take. Even Cesar Romero’s version of the Joker is well-fitted for the super campy world of the old Batman TV show and is you just relax a little bit, his version is quite enjoyable as well.
Which Joker is your favorite, and why? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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