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Every Joker Ranked by Popularity

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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?

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    Looks really on point to me for the order. Just saw Joker and have to say Joaquin Phoenix did a hell of a job with that role. Arguably just as good and powerful as Heath Ledgers. Though the writing for Ledger in the Dark Knight allowed him to show a bit more .. range I guess you could say. Enough for me to say Ledger remains a clear #1 choice.

    Really felt like Joker was the origin story to Nolan's and Ledger's version of the Joker. Which I was a really big fan of. Realistic, gritty and shocking. Both performances felt extremely fleshed out and three dimensional. I like how you have no real idea how the Joker became the Joker in the Dark Knight, but you get a bunch of reasons why he did in the latest 'Joker' film. He was caught in a perfect storm of circumstance, a perfect pressure cooker of nature and nature completely screwing him over.

    The other 5 are good; I've never seen a bad Joker take actually . Not even Leto's. But the only ones that actually stuck with me after the film ends are the performances in the Dark Knight and Joker.

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    I think its really interesting just how polarizing this new Joker movie is. I walked out of the theater quite impressed, thinking it was actually a great movie. Though I understand all the criticism, I just don't personally agree with most any of it. I feel like most people that are against this movie were against it going into it, most saying it should never have been made in the first place.

    Lots of people criticizing its 'social commentary' and lack of story.. most are stating their opinions like its fact. But I think its all in your own reading of the movie. I didn't feel like it was a dangerous movie to release, in this or any social climate. And I thought if you are going to do a Joker origin story and your own take on it, you are then allowed to play with the story to fit your storytelling, which is what I think Todd Phillips did.

    All that said, even the critics of the film, and there are surprisingly TONS, almost no one is saying anything bad about Joaquin's performance. Most everyone universally agrees he was great. Just a debate on how great. I don't think anyone can possibly top Ledger. But Phoenix got close; he is #2 for me.