POLL RESULTS: Who is the Best Movie Joker?
Todd Phillips’ Joker just landed at the #1 spot at the box office for a second weekend in a row! ComingSoon.net asked its readers to vote for the Best Movie Joker of all-time, including Joaquin Pheonix, and over 7000 of you cast your vote! Check out the official results now!
Who is the Best Movie Joker?
Heath Ledger (61%, 4408 votes)
Joaquin Phoenix (18%, 1293 votes)
Mark Hamill (11%, 767 votes)
Jack Nicholson (7%, 537 votes)
Cesar Romero (2%, 121 votes)
Jared Leto (1%, 106 votes)
It looks like Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for his 2008 Dark Knight role, is still the reigning champ of Joker actors. Joaquin has earned plenty of fans since his debut two weeks ago, while Mark Hamill (who voiced the role in the theatrical feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm) has a big following as well.
Jack Nicholson, who earned raves for his performance in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, seems to be less on this generation’s radar, as is Cesar Romero from the 60’s TV series as well as the 1966 theatrical Batman: The Movie opposite Adam West. And then there’s poor Jared Leto, whose gangsta Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad is considered a nadir for the franchise.
Director Todd Phillips’ original, standalone origin story Joker explores the world of—and according to—Arthur Fleck. Indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, Arthur is a man facing the cruelty and outright scorn of society, along with the indifference of a system that allows him to spiral from vulnerability into depravity. A clown-for-hire by day, he strives to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds that the joke always seems to be on him. He’s out of tune with everyone around him, as evidenced by his uncontrollable, inappropriate laughter, which gains momentum as he attempts to contain it, exposing him to further ridicule—and even violence.
Arthur, who devotes himself to caring for his fragile mother, seeks out every father figure he’s never had, from wealthy businessman Thomas Wayne to TV host Murray Franklin. Caught in a cyclical existence teetering on the precipice of reality and madness, one bad decision brings about a chain reaction of escalating, ultimately deadly, events.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as the titular villain with Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Brett Cullen (Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (Barry), Douglas Hodge (Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (GLOW), Josh Pais (Motherless Brooklyn), and Shea Whigham (First Man).
Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter), based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and MCU mainstay Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner, and Bruce Berman.