5 Iconic Movie Characters Who Would Have Made A Better Joker Than Jared Leto
I went and watched Suicide Squad last week (liked the first half, not the second) and couldn’t help but analyze every minute detail, from every moment Jared Leto’s Joker was on screen. I didn’t hate the performance, I felt that it matched the tone of the movie well – confused and over-the-top Zing! Only joking…sort of.
Jared Leto’s Joker didn’t rock my world really. A couple of scenes were great, but we’ve come to expect more from our Jokers since Jack Nicholson first brought the iconic character to life on the big screen.
I started thinking about which actors could have done it better. I also started thinking about the fictional movie villains who would have done a better job and I think you can agree, my list makes a pretty compelling argument for why Javier Bardem (Anton Chigurh) should be the next Joker. That guy has a straight up Joker face and he’s goddamn terrifying.
Anyway, here are five famous cinematic baddies who would make a great Joker.
1. Anton Chigurh – No Country for Old Men.
Look at that smile! He already has the exact Joker face. It’s actually really scary – covering that up with Joker paint would probably make him less terrifying. After I watched Suicide Squad, I kept thinking about how much better Chigurh would have been in that role. Chigurh not only looks the part, he’s already the most terrifying villain in modern cinema – plus that coin-flip thing he does in No Country is very reminiscent of what Two-Face does.
Don’t make him happy, you wouldn’t like him when he’s happy.
2. Daniel Plainview – There Will Be Blood .
This man wants one thing and one thing only – oil, and he’ll stop at nothing to satisfy his greed. Daniel Day-Lewis is the greatest living male actor of our generation, period. He is also a method actor, meaning like Ledger did with his rendition of The Joker from The Dark Knight, Lewis would become the role and all he would really have to do is rehash the role of Daniel Plainview one more time and go looking for oil in Gotham because this dude is truly terrifying even when he’s talking about milkshakes.
Seriously guys, don’t allow him to talk about milkshakes, it’s not going to end well for you.
3. Hannibal Lecter – Silence of the Lambs.
Dear God, has there even been a more chilling villain in the history of cinema than Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter? Silence of the Lambs gave us the kind of murderous, deranged villain that kept us up at night and made us sleep in the bathtub with a shotgun. Give him a lick of Joker paint and you’ll probably have the most disturbing Joker of all time.
On Second thought, he doesn’t need paint. Human blood will do just fine.
4. Annie Wilkes – Misery.
Who says The Joker needs to be a man? Sure the Suicide Squad version of The Joker needed the looks and right gender to charm Harley Quinn, but I’m talking pure performance here (and you know they’ll probably put Jared Leto’s Joker in the next Batman film). Kathy Bates’ performance as Annie Wilkes in Misery will go down as one of the scariest performances in horror history, specifically because of how fast she manages to switch from sweet and calm to an almighty demon bitch. This character has Joker written all over it and if you can’t make her the next Joker, at least get her in there playing The Joker’s mother – it’ll all make sense then.
You’d turn out like The Joker too if you had a mother like that!
5. Batman (from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy)/patrick Bateman from American Psycho.
Since these two characters are both played by Christian Bale, it would be fun to see a deranged combination of the two characters.
This should have been the third installment of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, following on from The Joker’s attempts at corrupting the incorruptible bat. Years of fighting crime and old age have left Batman scarred and mucho insane (this is where American Psycho boy comes in).
Still wearing the Batman costume, Bruce Wayne goes ‘batty’ and starts murdering the citizens of Gotham (talking to them about Phil Collins records before murdering them of course) calling himself ‘The Bat Joke’. This forces the birth of a new Batman and the two would fight to the death in the film’s finale!