4/11/2013


This week's poll seeks to answer the question: Which actor played your favorite Joker?

Above Image: The Joker (Cesar RomeroMark Hamill, Heath Ledger)

The Joker is the ultimate comic book supervillain. He was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, and first appeared in DC Comics Batman #1 (Spring 1940). From his first appearance with his broad toothy grin, the Clown Prince of Crime's been an amazing villain.

As Batman's archenemy, the Joker has appeared in TV shows, movies and games. Everywhere Batman goes, the Harlequin of Hate follows. We follow him too.

This is strange, considering the Joker is a highly intelligent, master criminal and psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor. For whatever reason, we can't help laughing along with the nutball.

So, who's your favorite?

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Who played your favorite Joker?


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10 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

I would probably say Heath Ledger because I loved "The Dark Knight." I guess it all depends on what flavor of Joker you prefer since like coffee there are an almost infinite number of variations. It is basically like Grant Morrison suggested in "Arkham Aslyum" that the Joker has a sort of schizophrenia that allows him to almost everyday reinvent himself. (Beating Tony Laplume to the Grant Morrison reference!)

jeremy [retro] said...

that is a tough question... each played it out differently, as the time that it came to us visually... so once again... tough answer.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark Hamill was a Joker?

Tony Laplume said...

Very famously, the voice of the classic 1990s cartoon, based on the Trickster he played in the short-lived Flash live action series.

Tony Laplume said...

Grant Morrison.

Tony Laplume said...

Favorite has to be Heath Ledger. He didn't just play the Joker. He created a new icon. Second favorite would be Jack Nicholson. John DiMaggio's was not a great fit for the character or that adaptation. But now I really want to watch the Dark Knight Returns adaptation(s), so I can catch Michael Emerson's. It's worth noting that Brent Spiner was all Joker in Star Trek Generations. It's still a little disappointing that he didn't have much of a career outside of Star Trek.

Crime Alley said...

John DiMaggio for sure. Had the perfect mix of fun and insanity, he wasn't over the top and he wasn't at a constant serious level. Hamill would've gotten my vote if I hadn't watched Under the Red Hood, but I did. It was a tough decision between those 2, Emerson also did incredibly well. Love Nicholson as well. Ledger...honestly, it's not his fault that I hate that interpretation of The Joker. He was brilliant...with what he had been given. But I HATED the way that character was written, they might as well have called him Victor Zsasz in clown makeup. And Spiner is just not good enough for my tastes

Clarissa Draper said...

I never knew half those people played the joker. So, I'll have to go with Ledger.

spacerguy said...

Tony nailed it, The Joker is a hard role to fill, and I think any actor that plays him has got moxie..

Pat Dilloway said...

I didn't think much of Michael Emerson, which probably means you'll love it.

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