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Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero, Jared Leto etc...who played Joker best?

Asked by ucme (50021points) January 13th, 2020

Grew up watching re-runs of Batman on the tellybox & loved Romero’s take. Later, Nicholson played the character in his own unique style. Then Ledger’s fantastic portrayal blew them all out the water, one I thought could never be topped.

Along comes Phoenix & changes my mind, he owns that role & deserves all the credit & awards he gets.

Obviously, only fans of the movies should respond, anyone else will just be jerking off :D

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Zaku's avatar

I don’t think I have a strong opinion. I grew up with Romero, who was great, Nicholson was of course very well done and interesting. Ledger was amazing. I haven’t seen Phoenix.

Maybe I’m not enough of a fan, but before you attempt to shame me for my supposed metaphorical auto-erotic activities, I’d also mention that:

I hear Mark Hamill has been a great Joker(‘s voice in cartoon versions) too.

ucme's avatar

Hence the “etc.”

rebbel's avatar

I’ve only ever see Prince being the Joker.
I liked that.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Mark Hamill

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I haven’t seen the one with Phoenix but probably will at some point.
I hope his version isn’t predictable as I like to reserve my anger for more important things like tight suits on men.

ragingloli's avatar

Mark Hamill at No. 1, followed by Heath Ledger.
Phoenix was great playing a man who becomes the Joker, but he did not play the Joker himself.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Anyone not named Jack Nicholson.

zenvelo's avatar

The best Joker was Frank Gorshin as The Riddller.

From Romero to Ledger and Phoenix, they;re all bad jokes..

ucme's avatar

I watched The Dark Knight for the umpteenth time recently followed up by seeing Joker for the third time, once at the cinema.
Definitive conclusion…both Ledger & Phoenix put in awesome performances, hard to seperate, but Phoenix, for me, just edges it.
Also…Batman kinda ruins it, who needs him?

mazingerz88's avatar

Phoenix wasn’t the Joker. That’s plain Hollywood commercialism BS. Heath Ledger maybe was The Joker because that movie had Batman in it. No great comic book villain deserves a solo movie of his or her own.

kritiper's avatar

Mark Hamill (voice) Jack Nicholson (actor)

Caravanfan's avatar

“Joker” was the best movie of the year last year and if Phoenix doesn’t win best actor then the Oscars are completely irrelevant. And he was my favorite.

ucme's avatar

@Caravanfan Agreed 100% on both counts!

filmfann's avatar

In order of preference:

Mark Hamill
Heath Ledger
Caesar Romero
Jack Nicholson
Joaquin Phoenix
Lon Cheney
Jared Leno

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