There have been many actors who have portrayed the iconic supervillain throughout the years, each one with their own take on the character. In anticipation of the new Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, let's look back at some of the best Joker actors and their stellar performances.
The Dark Knight is a Batman that was released in 2008 and directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Christian Bale as Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker arriving to wreak havoc on the city and test The Dark Knights resolve and his "code".
Cesar Romero plays the Joker in the TV series Batman that aired from 1966 to 1968. His portrayal was also the first live-action portrayal of the character in history setting the way for others that would come after.
Jack Nicholson plays the Joker opposite Michael Keaton as Batman in the 1989 film, Batman. It is considered one of the best portrayal in the on-screen history of the character and is the first portrayal of the character since Cesar Romero.
Mark Hamill is the voice of the Joker in the animated TV series, Batman: The Animated Series. He plays opposite Batman, voiced by Kevin Conroy. Both of which are considered as the best actors in their respective character portrayals.
Cameron Monaghan plays Jerome Valeska in the TV series Gotham. While it was not implied that he was in fact, portraying the Joker, the similarities in personality and of course, that laugh is undeniable.
Joaquin Phoenix played the titular role in Todd Philip's Joker 2019 movie. The movie is a standalone story about how Arthur Fleck became the Cape Crusader's archnemesis. Phoenix's portrayal of the DC villain received an eight-minute standing ovation in the 76th Venice International Film Festival. Subsequently, the film won the Golden Lion award.
Jared Leto stars as the Joker in the Suicide Squad films that was released back in 2016. His portrayal was met with mixed reactions due to his appearance, limited screen time, and the controversial tattoo but his take on the iconic supervillain was quite unique.
John DiMaggio is a voice actor and comedian has voiced the Joker in Batman: Under the Red Hood animated movie that was released in 2010. His deep, coarse voice lends a different and much more sadistic take on the character.
Kevin Michael Richardson plays the Joker in the animated TV series, The Batman that aired from 2004 to 2008. For his performance in the show, Kevin Richardson was nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards.
|1||Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight 2008)||Characters||72||Paid|
|2||Cesar Romero (Batman 1966-1968)||Characters||14||Paid|
|3||Jack Nicholson (Batman 1989)||Characters||12||Paid|
|4||Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series 1992-1994)||Characters||11||Paid|
|5||Cameron Monaghan (Gotham 2014-present)||Characters||5||Paid|
|6||Joaquin Phoenix (Joker 2019)||Characters||3||Paid|
|7||Jared Leto (Suicide Squad 2016)||Characters||3||Paid|
|8||John DiMaggio (Batman: Under the Red Hood 2010)||Characters||-4||Paid|
|9||Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman 2004-2008)||Characters||-9||Paid|
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