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I'll start off by saying you have to be brave or foolish to take on the role of the Joker these days. I can't think of any other character in movie history that has been redefined more than the Joker. I was curious how each version stacks up in popularity. Here are the top 7 performances ranked from worst to best. Let's see if everyone agrees.
7. Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)
6. Cesar Romero (Batman: The Movie)
5. Zach Galifianakis (The Lego Batman Movie)
4. Jack Nicholson (Batman 1989)
3. Mark Hamill (Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm & Batman: The Killing Joke)
2. Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
I think Jared Leto got the shaft with his version. I blame it totally on how Suicide Squad was edited. The characters were memorable, but the pacing, namely the sparse appearances of the Joker sucked the life out of the movie. There wasn't enough content to give Leto the thumbs up or down. What tid bits we were able to see were pretty good.
Jack Nicholson deserves to be in the top three some how. I'm a Tim Burton Batman fan myself. Of course Heath Ledger's performance will never be topped. Like I said, the character can only be redefined.
Putting Joaquin's performance at number two has me excited to see this rendition.
Does anyone else agree with this list? What order would you put them in?