With a new Joker movie about to be unleashed on cinemas, Moose takes a look back through eight decades of Joker history.
Throughout the history of the Joker, the clown prince of crime has set the standard for what a comics superhero villain should be. As we experienced the evolution of the Joker, we learned almost nothing about the man behind the smile, but that mystery is precisely what makes the Joker so iconic among DC supervillains.
Joker 2019, the new film from WB and Todd Phillips, the Joaquin Phoenix Joker introduces to a different type of clown criminal. As Joker, Joaquin Phoenix is already making waves for the potential damage his portrayal can inflict, but despite all the Joker controversy, he’s just the latest in a long line of interpretations throughout Joker Evolution.
The Joker origin, long shrouded in mystery, has never been quite clear, but there’s really no need to have the Joker explained. He is simply a chaotic force, whether he’s portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, or even Jared Leto. Fans have long debated which Joker is the superior Batman foe; whether it’s the Heath Ledger Joker from the Dark Knight, Joker animated courtesy of Mark Hamill, which also introduced us to Harley Quinn, or the legendary Jack Nicholson Joker from Batman 89, every new Joker brings something unique and different to the table, and in the upcoming Joker Movie, 2019 will receive its own unique interpretation of this killer clown.
For months, fans have been scouring every scene, clip, and Joker trailer, 2019 being the year the film releases, and despite leaks and controversy, the movie premiered at festivals to rave reviews. Now, among all the Oscar buzz and politicized opinions, it’s clear that even know, the world loves that Joker.
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