– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Who would’ve thought that a clown that serves as the main antagonist against a man dressed as a bat would become fodder for some of the most esteemed actors in the business to take on the role? Seriously, everyone who’s played Joker thus far has nabbed an Academy Award, and one of whom, Heath Ledger, won it for his portrayal as the Clown Prince of Crime himself.

With this in mind, you’d think that any filmmaker would be a bit reluctant to live up to that legacy. When asked whether or not this was the case, Joker director Todd Phillips answered.

“No. I mean I love it. But Jared Leto followed [Heath Ledger], and I loved that too, and Jack Nicholson preceded it, and I love that. Oddly, in the States, comic books are our Shakespeare it seems, and you can do many many versions of Hamlet. There will be many more jokers, I’m sure, in the future.”

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The man isn’t wrong. While Joker is very much his own character, there is a lot that each individual actor is able to bring to the table, which is why he’s such an engaging one for fans and actors alike.

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SOURCE: Variety

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.