The 10 best Jokers in history

The Joker is one of the favorite villains of superhero fans. It is not for nothing that the character has already been present in several types of productions, from video games to theaters. Check out now the 10 best interpretations of the villain outside the comics.

10. Jeff Bennett in the animation Batman: The Brave and the Fearless

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Based on the comic The Brave and the Bold, the animation leaves the serious and somber tone of the other drawings behind and bets on a lighter and more fun plot. The production is reminiscent of the 1960s sitcom and Dick Sprang’s comics, in which the Joker has a troubled gangster air.

9. Kevin Michael Richardson in the animation Batman

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Batman was produced with the aim of attracting the attention of children who are beginning to know the batman. In animation, the hero is still in the beginning of his career and the villains, like the Joker, are more cartoonish and showy.

The drawing was not very successful, but it was a good way to represent the villain with traces of comedy and threat.

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8. Troy Baker in the game Batman: Arkham Origins

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Anyone who has played knows that the Joker represented in the game is insane and cruel. In Batman: Arkham Origins, the villain is at the beginning of his career in Gotham City and is still a little impulsive and agitated.

7. Zach Galifianakis in the animation Lego Batman: The Movie

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As the film was made for children, the villain’s version is lighter and funnier. His evil plan to destroy the city goes wrong in the first 15 minutes of the drawing. However, what hurts the Joker the most is the fact that Batman says that he is not as important in his life as he thinks.

6. Cameron Monaghan in the series Gotham

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The series thoroughly explores the idea behind the villain figure and the production’s dark tone allowed Cameron Monaghan to show the character’s more psychopathic side.

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5. Mark Hamill in the animation Batman: The Animated Series

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Mark Hamill is already known in pop culture for his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.

But in addition to fighting the dark side of the force, the actor did an excellent job as the voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. The ups and downs between the moments of villainy and vulnerability showed an interesting side of the villain.

The design was critically acclaimed and took home four Emmy awards.

4. Cesar Romero in the series Batman

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The classic of the 1960s was where the dark image of the Joker who laughs while maintaining a frightening look began. Cesar Romero is a reference for all interpreters of the character and his look is one of the most copied by the public.

3. Jack Nicholson in the film Batman

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The production directed by Tim Burton is a fan favorite and features Jack Nicholson as the villain.

Nicholson’s Joker is a reconstruction of that presented by Romero. In the feature, the character is cruel, without leaving his acid humor aside, a much darker version than that of the 1960 series.

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2. Heath Ledger in the film Batman the dark knight

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For many, Heath Ledger was the best performer of the Joker in theaters. The actor reinvented the character and left him with a more cruel, frightening and at the same time, real footprint. His mannerisms, mysterious past and chaotic behavior took the villain to another level.

Unfortunately, Ledger did not see the impact of his work. The actor died a few months before the film even premiered and his performance earned him a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

1. Joaquin Phoenix in the film Joker

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Joker debuted in 2019 with the difficult mission of telling the story of the villain without the presence of Batman. Joaquin Phoenix shone on paper and presented an extremely dark character, mentally problematic, revolutionary and marginalized by society.

It was not for nothing that Phoenix took home several awards for his performance, including the Oscar for Best Actor.

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