View Poll Results: Who played a better Joker?

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  • Jack Nickelson (Tim Burton's: Batman)

    8 16.67%
  • Heath Ledger (Christopher Nolan's: Dark Knight)

    40 83.33%
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    The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I personally love the Dark Knight and love the DVD I got for Christmas. I saw Dark knight three times now. Twice in theater's and once on DVD.

    I also like Tim Burton's Batman.

    My question is, who do you like better as the Joker, Nickelson or Ledger?

    It may be hard to decide for some, but for the sake of a good conversation, please try to choose one !

    I'm going to go with Ledgers Joker. Everything about him was well thought out and true to the original form.

    I loved the fact that his face was scarred and that he looked all mangy and whatnot. I loved how he changed his scar stories too.

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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I can't vote for either one. I absolutely loved both Jokers equally. Jack's Joker portrayed the Joker's comedic aspects while Heath's Joker portrayed the pure evil chaos that the Joker embodied. The absolute perfect Joker that I have come to call my favorite evil villain of all times would be the meshing of both Jokers into one.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I feel like I'm the only one who didn't like the original Batman movie. I mean I loved Batman Returns, but I was completely underwhelmed by Batman. Jack Nicholson's Joker just seemed like it was Jack in makeup. Ledger actually seemed like he acted the part.

    I have to go with Heath on this one.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    This is a tough call. They are both amazing. I'll have to ponder more and get back to you later.


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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I'm going with Jack. I guess he's more like the TV Joker as opposed to the dark comic strip joker.

    Good question, tough call.

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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    Ledger's Joker is inspired far closer from Frank Miller's graphic novels as opposed to the series or original comic books.

    Nicholson's Joker is less either of any of them and seems more attached to his own star-power. He was top-billed over Michael Keaton, in a film called 'Batman'! And guess you got a better deal on points and merchandising licensing?

    Very different performances from very different actors at very different stages in their careers.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tui View Post
    I feel like I'm the only one who didn't like the original Batman movie. I mean I loved Batman Returns, but I was completely underwhelmed by Batman. Jack Nicholson's Joker just seemed like it was Jack in makeup. Ledger actually seemed like he acted the part.

    I have to go with Heath on this one.
    Agreed with completely. With Heath, you were amazed it was him, with Jack it was like "oh look, it's Jack with makeup".

    Having said that, The Joker to me will always be the one voiced by Mark Hamill in Batman: the Animated Series.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie_Duke View Post
    Having said that, The Joker to me will always be the one voiced by Mark Hamill in Batman: the Animated Series.
    I firmly agree with that, Mark Hamill did the Joker very well by having a nice mix of the comedic and dark elements.

    When it comes to the film versions, I gotta go with Heath since he did a great job with the dark Joker while Jack was simply Jack with make-up in my opinion.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    What? No love for Cesar Romero?




    Gotta vote Ledger. Dark, complex, insane. Perfect.

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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    Live action: Heath Ledger
    Animation: Mark Hamill.

    Overall: Mark Hamill
    Had Ledger got to make more films, I may have given him the edge, but the sheer volume of work that Hamill did as the Joker is amazing. Of course it helps that I got the complete Batman Animated series box set for christmas and have been going through it.

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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I voted for Ledger, cause he was one of the choices

    I grew up on the batman cartoon however so ideal is Hamill. BTW, i just found out that was him like 3 years ago.


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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I'd have to go with Heath Ledger. His Joker is genuinely disturbing. Nicholson's was more ridiculous and slightly comedic. Of course, the films they were in were vastly different, too, so the performances were each suited to their own environment.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I think Heath Ledger is the best Joker, he just had a unique Joker quality about him.
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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

    I think I am going to have to agree with Mark Hamill's Joker being the best. He is an all out nutcase but there are those times where he is doing it just for the laughs. I'm not so sure such a character would have worked in The Dark Knight and without more stories, the Joker should never have died in Batman and is best as a continued menace, with Ledger I don't think it is fair to say.

    I have to agree with Jack being Jack in make up in Batman. The back story was odd and his why was just lost in it all. Burton seemed like he was trying to give answers but never really did that successfully. The Dark Knight intentionally never goes near a background for the Joker.

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    Re: The Best Joker: Heath Ledger or Jack Nickelson?

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