When you think of DC comics, you probably imagine the Flash, Justice League, the Big Trinity (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) and their biggest foes. Supervillains like Lex Luthor, Ares, and, of course, the Joker. That last one has been one of the greatest villains in the history of comic books for decades. He’s been cracking killing jokes in Gotham City since 1940! He’s robbed banks, killed a ton of people, and was even the first ever man to commit murder on the Moon. He’s a totally insane badass!
But, as uncle Ben used to say before he caught that bullet: “with great power comes great responsibility”. And it so happens that there’s nothing more powerful than a popular comic book character. I mean Joker, the Clown Prince of crime, of course. Needless to say, such a prominent character appeared on the screen in multiple incarnations. To be precise, he’s been portrayed at least 24 times in movies, TV shows, animated series, and even games. I’m only going to pick a few of my favorite Jokers, though, so get ready to meet top 5 most insane Jokers of all time!
1. Jack Nicholson’s Joker (Batman, 1989)
Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” movie is one of the first serious superhero movies ever made, and Jack Nicholson’s performance as the Joker was insanely good. There will be a lot of crazy synonyms here, by the way. Anyway, Jack’s Joker was arguably the best part of the movie. Remember that creepy grin? Still gives me nightmares sometimes.
2. Mark Hamill’s Joker (Arkham Series)
You may not be familiar the Arkham franchise, but trust me, buy all those games. Hey, the Steam Summer Sale is probably still going when post goes up, so go buy it now!
Anyway, yeah, it’s the classic Mark Hamill Joker in a video game. The best of both worlds, if you ask me! Sure, the plots of these games aren’t mind-blowing, but the gameplay makes it all worth it. Not to mention Hamill’s Joker, of course.