Watch This Before You Go See Joker

  • Published: 05 September 2019
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    Considering how singular Joaquin Phoenix'sinterpretation of the Joker promises to be, it's probably a good idea to know a little bit about the character's long history to fully appreciate what's different about his depiction. Here's everything you need to know before watching 2019's Joker.

    Since his debut in 1940 's Batman #1, the Joker has been Batman's most popular and enduring arch-nemesis. As a result, he's appeared opposite every big-screen version of the Caped Crusader's adventures since 1966's Batman: The Movie.

    While the character's popularity has remained consistent, the different cinematic Jokers have taken a very different approach to the tone of the character. The version played by Cesar Romero was a perfect fit for the campy, relatively lighthearted world imagined by the TV show. He was portrayed as more of a giggling, over the top bank robber than anything else.

    When the Joker returned to theaters in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film with Jack Nicholson under the makeup, he was played as something a little more like a murderous performance artist. He was a hitman for the mob with a thing for playing cards right from the beginning of the film - and even killed Bruce Wayne's parents in that version of Batman's origin story - but his dip into the acid gave him a whole new perspective. He not only took over Gotham City's crime families for himself, he also plotted to kill everyone in the city, dosing them with poisonous gas as his masterpiece.

    Batman: The Animated Series hit television screens in 1992, and the following year saw the theatrical release of an animated movie, Mask of the Phantasm. In both the show and the film, the Joker was played by Mark Hamill, who might be best known from his starring role as Luke Skywalker in a little-known independent film called Star Wars. Hamill's version of the character was beloved by fans, and he kept the role in various animated shows and video games through today, despite flirting with retirement from the part after Batman: Arkham City.

    2008 brought us The Dark Knight, and Heath Ledger's unforgettable, Academy Award-winning performance. This time, unlike Burton and Nicholson's take, the Joker had no origin story, and even told conflicting versions of his history to different characters throughout the film.

    He billed himself as an "agent of chaos," with intricate, clockwork plans that were designed to destroy any sense of morality that Batman had returned to his city.

    With the launch of DC's movie universe, we got another version of the Joker in Suicide Squad, which saw Jared Leto apparently going full method actor in order to embrace the Joker's sinister personality. In this take, he was a heavily tattooed, unpredictable crime boss with a gift for manipulating people like his sidekick, Harley Quinn, a character who had originally appeared in the animated series and rose to incredible popularity in the decades since.

    With that many different portrayals - not to mention all of the different interpretations of the Joker that have appeared in comic books over the past 80 years - the idea that any single actor could be the only "true" Joker is as insane as the character himself. Even with that in mind, though, Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal in the Joker's first-ever solo film promises to be a pretty big departure from what we've seen before. Make sure you watch this before you go see Joker!

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    The Joker legacy | 0:17
    A different kind of criminal | 3:02
    What's in a name? | 4:10
    The cast | 5:04
    Unexpected influences | 6:36
    Li'l Batman? | 8:42
    Not your usual comic book movie | 9:15
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Comments • 1 126

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Do you think Joker will clear $100m opening weekend?

    • Grunt Gilman
      Grunt Gilman  17 hours back

      No!.. Another movie where they make men soft, beta, bitches,whom have "mommy issues, whom go psycho when they dont get their way!.... They made joker a bitch!!..

    • Grunt Gilman
      Grunt Gilman  17 hours back


    • Venom
      Venom  2 days back

      @LittleGreenFriend You're an idiot.

    • Victor Mitchell
      Victor Mitchell  4 days back

      @Darshan Mane


    • Jonas Digranes
      Jonas Digranes  5 days back

      @Psilocybins ִ⁠ Yes

  • Muhzinho
    Muhzinho  4 hours back

    No one will replace Heath Ledger . End of story

    • ICG Games12
      ICG Games12  5 hours back


      “A little known, independent movie called Star Wars”

      Sounds like sarcasm

      • TheBardeng
        TheBardeng  13 hours back

        At least cut the time of these videos when you're making them so long.

        • Joseph McHaney
          Joseph McHaney  14 hours back

          Thank you

          • AllenQuatermain2de
            AllenQuatermain2de  16 hours back

            just dropping by to give you the downvote you deserve for that title.

            • King KY
              King KY  22 hours back

              Last joker was a strategy territorist this new one is a school shooter

              • Willsulla Dionysius Kidd
                Willsulla Dionysius Kidd  23 hours back

                It's not true that the Joker wasn't named in The Dark Knight. He's named "Melvin White" just beffore the attempted mayor assassination scene.

                • Patrick Guerrisi
                  Patrick Guerrisi  23 hours back

                  I loved jack nicholson as joker. Such a great actor that guy

                  • Arathae Maxus
                    Arathae Maxus  1 days back

                    I’m betting this will do better than all the new dc movies.

                    • L.K.
                      L.K.  1 days back

                      Will watch it 3 or 4 times while it's in doubt. I love the whole feel of it. 🙌

                      • Bossman Underscore
                        Bossman Underscore  1 days back

                        Why you waffling

                        • JOHNNY NEPTUNE
                          JOHNNY NEPTUNE  1 days back

                          In other words, this movie is going to be awful

                          • Nikhil Kadian
                            Nikhil Kadian  1 days back

                            No I won't

                            • mystery8guy
                              mystery8guy  2 days back

                              The new joker is a Mass Shooter type of criminal.

                              • Wolf howling
                                Wolf howling  2 days back

                                whats next in this franchise? were batman gets a good deal on tyres for the batmobile!!!!!! c,mon .

                                • Rusell Mendoza
                                  Rusell Mendoza  2 days back

                                  I want this joker to be in the DCEU

                                • Skeleton King TG
                                  Skeleton King TG  2 days back

                                  My exams are there when joker is going to release...😥😥😥😥

                                  • sputnikalgrim
                                    sputnikalgrim  2 days back

                                    I really don’t like the comparison game here. Heath Ledgers Clown Prince is definitive. It’s also in an adaptation of a comic where he’s playing off of the protagonist and his greatest adversary the Batman. I’m absolutely certain Phoenix’ s Joker will be amazing. It’s going to be an origin story of course and I’m betting it’ll humanize him and create at the very least empathy for him. The only major question is will it fit into an ensemble cast? DC is so hosed right now. So many reboots and recasts. Rebooting suicide squad just a few years after original release is not good. If I were DC I’d wait 5 years or more and try to start over. They’re killin their characters.

                                    • Rockfall 214
                                      Rockfall 214  2 days back

                                      Too bad it's rated R.

                                      • Zufall X
                                        Zufall X  2 days back

                                        We shouldn't fully appreciate it for its differences, we need to decry it. Remember what Jared Leto did after all...

                                        • Доктор Айболит

                                          Jared Leto’s joker is SUCKS,real sucks

                                          • Stealthy
                                            Stealthy  2 days back

                                            Your photos are trash Parker

                                            • Dion Damaris
                                              Dion Damaris  2 days back

                                              DCEU is a chaotic universe...

                                              • كوكب تانى
                                                كوكب تانى  2 days back

                                                Heath ledger the best ever ❤️❤️

                                                • Austin Schaffer
                                                  Austin Schaffer  2 days back


                                                  • Kevin Nelson
                                                    Kevin Nelson  2 days back

                                                    I mean the movie would make since of a reality. The real society version. Not a guy falling in some mutant Ninja turtles chemicals. We are in HD reality film & story times.

                                                    • Nox.INk# Records ❶
                                                      Nox.INk# Records ❶  3 days back

                                                      True Joker - Heath Ledger. Period!

                                                      • Red Flag Youth
                                                        Red Flag Youth  3 days back

                                                        The real Joker is Beto O’Rourke he’s done the best job so far

                                                      • Abe Lincoln
                                                        Abe Lincoln  3 days back

                                                        The trailer to the upcoming Joker movie reminds me of a "Sundance Festival" type of feel. So it seems that it is just going to be some-sort of fucked up esoteric production. I will have to say here with no bias (as my bias - ironically) that the character of the JOKER played by Heath Ledger...was the perfect persona....Just as getting Batman FINALLY right through Christian Bale.

                                                        • Gravity
                                                          Gravity  3 days back

                                                          Heath Ledger is the real joker

                                                          • Dror Alon
                                                            Dror Alon  4 days back

                                                            Who's that charcter at 3:57?

                                                            • Thirumeni Elavazhagan
                                                              Thirumeni Elavazhagan  4 days back

                                                              You don't need to watch this video before you see Joker
                                                              Just watch the trailer its enough
                                                              The Joker trailer has more details than this video😂😂

                                                              • Mad Dawn
                                                                Mad Dawn  4 days back

                                                                it may be too artsy fartsy. I'll just wait for it on Netflix

                                                                • Evan Yott
                                                                  Evan Yott  4 days back

                                                                  Why so much auto-tune on his voice?

                                                                  • Klayden004
                                                                    Klayden004  4 days back

                                                                    This is gonna be the best movie ever!

                                                                    • Tommy DiFiore
                                                                      Tommy DiFiore  4 days back

                                                                      Wouldnt he want to sign up for a series of movies?

                                                                      • Tommy DiFiore
                                                                        Tommy DiFiore  2 days back

                                                                        You know what i believe you. Like a restaurant having a small menu with really really quality made, home made entrees rather than a bar with all the food you can think of

                                                                      • Green Mann
                                                                        Green Mann  2 days back

                                                                        Believe it or not some actors have integrity, and are more interested in creating a compelling character or story then making a shitload of money

                                                                    • RM Style78
                                                                      RM Style78  4 days back

                                                                      I think Joaquin Phoenix is ​​an outstanding method actor and Heath Ledger was a unique Joker. But there is also a Cameron Monaghan from the Gotham Series, he acted so many great different Mr.J (Joker) variations and he was only 22-25 years old and thus the youngest Joker actor.

                                                                      Maybe in the next Batman movie with Robert Pattinson??? HaHaaHaaa

                                                                      • Crusty The Wanksock
                                                                        Crusty The Wanksock  4 days back

                                                                        *So basically, the new Joker movie is a propaganda statement that contesting capitalism is an extreme form of mental illness?* ☕️🐸

                                                                        • Mistah dope
                                                                          Mistah dope  4 days back

                                                                          More like: waste 10 minutes of your life before you go see joker.

                                                                          • Jordan Steed
                                                                            Jordan Steed  4 days back

                                                                            Mind BLOWN

                                                                            • SIGNOFZODIAC
                                                                              SIGNOFZODIAC  4 days back

                                                                              HEATH LEDGER > MARK > JACK > EVERYBODY ELSE DON’T MATTER!

                                                                              • David Uribe
                                                                                David Uribe  4 days back

                                                                                Why does the joker from suicide squad look like Angelina Jolie

                                                                                • Ramon Barbosa
                                                                                  Ramon Barbosa  4 days back

                                                                                  The great Robin Williams would've done a good joker too.

                                                                                  • Frank Zappa
                                                                                    Frank Zappa  4 days back

                                                                                    Cesar was terrifying as a child

                                                                                    • iwantmycheeseback
                                                                                      iwantmycheeseback  4 days back

                                                                                      "it's a standalone film and has nothing to do with Suicide Squad, Justice League..." THANK GOD

                                                                                      • Tracy Scotto Rinaldi
                                                                                        Tracy Scotto Rinaldi  5 days back

                                                                                        “Character driven” and “not a super hero movie” are the key phrases I think stood out to me. Joaquin looks to do a bad ass portrayal of the character!

                                                                                        • Kevi Zaa
                                                                                          Kevi Zaa  5 days back

                                                                                          Marvel: Got all their best heroes to create the endgame.
                                                                                          DC: Come in,,,,,,,,,,,,, CLOWN.