Is there no way another critically acclaimed actor to take on a character role and act legendarily in their own way without being compared to another? This has been the debate ever since actor and producer Joaquin Phoenix became the star of DC Comics Joker (2019).
Every actor's rendition of the maniacal clown seems to fit within the era of the movie, from Jack Nicholson’s 1989 version to Jared Leto’s 2016 version (Leto will not go unappreciated!), movie buffs and comic fans are all on the edge about what Phoenix could bring to the character to distinguish himself from the “iconic” performance of actor Heath Ledger’s Dark Knight (2008).
While some will forever hold on to Ledger’s reenactment, others believe Phoenix could bring power to the role in his own way, maybe even better than Ledger.
At some point we gonna have to admit that Heath Ledgers joker can be surpassed. It’s not untouchable. It was def the union of excellent writing, directing & method acting. A performance as great or better CAN happen.
— Bria Celest (@55mmbae) September 23, 2018
I completely agree with this. People have to remain open minded to other actors & their interpretations of these characters.
My issue is the hyperbolic claims of "Joaquin is a better actor than Heath ever was therefore his Joker will be better too". I think it breeds insecurity.
— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) September 23, 2018
They’re also not playing the same version of the character. Different rules, different world. So both performances can coexist as equally great performances or “better “ for the different worlds they inhabit.
— ? Ghost With The Most ☠️ (@adamhlavac) September 24, 2018
Never thought I'd say this, but I feel like the only person that has a shot at possibly portraying the Joker after Heath Ledger is Joaquin Phoenix
— Gannon Breslin (@GannonBreslin) October 1, 2018
If there must be another Joker, Joaquin Phoenix is the guy I'd choose. Now the onus is on the screenwriter and director. No pressure.
— Frank DiGiacomo (@frankdigiacomo) October 1, 2018
I don't care what any of y'all say.
Joaquin Phoenix could be a fabulous Joker.
Think of his role in Gladiator, among others.
He'll do just fine.
Dunno how he'll compare to ol' Heath Ledger... but that Joker was mostly in how he was written.
— Flow Irrational (@Theotropho) September 30, 2018
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