The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in comic book history. The character has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows over the years, each time portrayed by a different actor. But with the upcoming release of “The Batman,” fans are wondering who will play the Joker in Robert Pattinson’s version of the Dark Knight.
There are several actors that have been rumored to be in consideration for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. Let’s take a look at some of the top contenders:
Dafoe has already played a comic book villain before, portraying Green Goblin in 2002’s “Spider-Man.” He has also worked with director Matt Reeves before on “The Florida Project.” Dafoe’s ability to play both menacing and charismatic characters could make him an excellent choice for Joker.
Leto previously played the Joker in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” but his performance was controversial among fans. It’s unclear if he would reprise the role for “The Batman,” but his prior experience could make him an attractive option for Warner Bros.
Depp is no stranger to playing eccentric characters, and his experience with Tim Burton’s style of filmmaking could make him a strong contender for Joker. However, Depp has had some personal issues that may impact his ability to land the role.
McGregor recently played Black Mask in “Birds of Prey,” another DC villain. His ability to play both charming and unhinged characters makes him an intriguing choice for Joker.
The Role Itself
Whoever ends up playing Joker will have big shoes to fill. Many actors have put their own spin on the character over the years, from Jack Nicholson’s campy portrayal to Heath Ledger’s haunting performance in “The Dark Knight.”
Some Possible Directions
There are a few directions that Reeves could take the character in “The Batman.” One possibility is to make Joker a more grounded, realistic villain like Ledger’s version. Another option is to embrace the character’s comic book roots and make him a colorful, over-the-top antagonist.
Unfortunately, we don’t yet know who will play Joker in “The Batman.” But with so many talented actors rumored to be in contention for the role, fans can rest assured that whoever ends up with the part will do justice to this iconic villain.