Before Joaquin Phoenix, four actors who essayed DC supervillain ‘Joker’ over the years

Joker is hitting the theaters on October 2 in India, and before we watch Joaquin Phoenix play the iconic DC villain, allow us to take you for a nostalgic ride back to all the portrayals of the DC antagonist over the years.

Cesar Romero to Joaquin Phoenix all the actors have brought their own unique aura to the uncanny and sinister villain.

The Joaquin Phoenix starrer ‘Joker’ is believed to be the origin story of the titular role. In the golden age the Joker made his appearance as a psychopath, serial killer who would kill his victims with the Joker venom. The sadist criminal mastermind had a dark sense of humour.

For a decade the Joker kept appearing in the Batman Comics and went on to become the most famous villain. Over the next few decades the portrayals kept evolving in different themes. From being a goofy trickster the Joker in the Bronze Age came back to his roots of being the sadistic maniac.

The character went through a number of revisions since its creation. The most common interpretation of the character’s origin is that the Joker fell into the vat of harmful chemicals that bleached his skin and disfigured his face leaving the infamous bright red lips and green hair and the big grin.

Here are the list of actors who have portrayed the clown monster Joker over the years:

Before Joaquin Phoenix, four actors who essayed DC supervillain ‘Joker’ over the years

CESAR ROMERO IN BATMAN (1966-68) AND BATMAN: THE MOVIE (1966)

Cesar Romero was the first ever actor to portray the Joker. The action series was known for its light hearted take on the DC characters. Romero played the goofy trickster who has a sadistic sense of humour.

Before Joaquin Phoenix, four actors who essayed DC supervillain ‘Joker’ over the years

JACK NICHOLSON IN BATMAN (1989)

Jack Nicholson played the Bronze Age Joker. And the famous origin story of him felling into the vat of chemicals was portrayed by him. The character was named Jack Napier.

Before Joaquin Phoenix, four actors who essayed DC supervillain ‘Joker’ over the years

HEATH LEDGER IN THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)

The name itself is enough to remind you of the famous and loved portrayals of the Joker. Heath Ledger made all the other portrayals of the DC clowns irrelevant. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight changed the entire game. This will always be the most popular and fan loved portrayal.

Before Joaquin Phoenix, four actors who essayed DC supervillain ‘Joker’ over the years

JARED LETO IN SUICIDE SQUAD (2016)

This portrayal got mixed reviews from the audience. However the movie's cast and music led it to tank on the box office.

Before Joaquin Phoenix, four actors who essayed DC supervillain ‘Joker’ over the years

JOAQUIN PHOENIX IN JOKER (2019)

As the date is coming near, fans of the monstrous villain are losing their calm. The trailer has added up to the excitement. It is the origin story of the DC villain of how a man who is neglected by the society finds his kick in crime and violence.

We can’t wait to see what Phoenix brings to the screen.

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