Now that Joaquin Phoenix will , Phoenix’s interpretation of the character will no doubt be compared to the late Heath Ledger’s portrayal in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (which earned the actor a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role), as well as Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the character in Tim Burton’s Batman. That said, Phoenix has openly likened the concept of playing a character that has already been portrayed on screen to theatre, adding, “I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way. It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways.”
Taking Phoenix’s statement into consideration – as well as the fact that Warner Bros would have likely carried through with the movie with or without him – Phoenix is certainly an inspired choice for the Joker, having showcased a wide range of talent in movies like Walk the Line (which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role), Gladiator, Her, and this year’s You Were Never Really Here. And if BossLogic’s portrait is anything to go by, Phoenix definitely fits the part from a visual perspective.