It looks like a coup that landed the role of Joker in the upcoming Batman movies from Joaquin Phoenix to Johnny Depp
More than a decade ago, Heath Ledger stunned the entire world with his jaw-dropping portrayal of the DC villain Joker, an extremely chaotic and deranged killer who lacks any and all motive, and yet is one of the most psychologically complex and intriguing characters in the entire DC arsenal.
- Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix or Johnny Depp? Who’s the better actor?
- Who will star alongside Johnny Depp?
- When will The Batman come out?
So, the bar was set pretty high since Heath Ledger passed away, and his role was filled up by Jared Leto (Suicide Squad) and Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) in the next movies. It now appears that Johnny Depp, known to most of the world as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, is next in line to play Joker in the upcoming Batman trilogy. Here’s everything we know so far-
From the fan reception given to the two movies (Suicide Squad and Joker) post Heath Ledger, we can tell that fans are not messing around when it comes to their favorite DC villain; after all, Ledger’s boots are pretty hard to fill.
We all can agree that despite Jared Leto’s marvellous track record as a highly talented method actor, he fell short in Suicide Squad and his Joker was awkward and so much fun to watch. On the other hand, Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal was loved by all, even though his Joker was miles off from Heath Ledger’s.
Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix or Johnny Depp? Who’s the better actor?
Some say Heath Ledger is still the king when it comes to playing Joker, others say Joaquin Phoenix stole his crown; most fans agree that Jared Leto’s Joker was an exercise in disappointment. What is the basis on which fans rank them? What makes one Joker better than the other? To dive deeper, we have to revisit The Dark Knight and Joker.
While Heath Ledger played the Joker as a proper villain to Christian Bale’s Batman, Joaquin got the chance to play the character before his turn towards evil as some sort of an origin story. What makes both of these portrayals roughly equally impressive and disturbing at the same time is the diving into the psyche of the character.
The minute movements of facial muscles, the slight changes in tonality of the voice, the deliberate eye movements, the dialogue delivery and so much more was done with near perfection by both the actors.
Rewatch the interrogation scene from The Dark Knight or the talk show scene with Robert De Niro from Joker to understand more about it. Johnny Depp will faced high expectations for his Joker in time but we hope he comes out winning.
Who will star alongside Johnny Depp?
With Johnny Depp as the Joker, Robert Pattinson will play Batman. Zoe Kravitz will be Batman’s love interest Catwoman, Paul Dano will play Riddler, Jeffrey Wright is James Gordon, Peter Sarsgard is Gotham’s district attorney, Andy Serkis is Alfred Pennyworth and Colin Farrell is Penguin.
When will The Batman come out?
While everything is still hush-hush about the new Batman movie and its potential sequels (we are talking about a whole trilogy here!), most fans expect the new movie to come out sometime next year. That being said, everything looks optimistic for the movie as a few video leaks from the set of the movie suggest that the filming has already begun. Head over to the comment section below to let us know what you expect from Johnny Depp’s Joker.
Although playing the Joker remains a tall order for most actors in Hollywood, Johnny Depp is far from the ordinary. What remains to be seen is how well will he fare against past performances by other Jokers such as Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix.