So just like with the Batman thread, I want to discuss with everyone who they think had the best portrayal/performance as the Joker character. There's been a few people over the years that have put on the make up and purple outfit of the Clown Prince of Crime. A lot of them have been very good or even great portrayals. What's so fascinating about the Joker character is that the Joker in and of itself is fascinating. He has no set origin, no powers, and he doesn't even hate Batman. He just likes to disrupt and cause chaos. The Joker is the kind of person that if he were to hold someone for ransom, even if the ransom demands were met, he'd still probably kill the person just cause. He's a truly sinister character and the opposite of Batman in every way. These are the people that have portrayed the Joker over the years. Cesar Romero(Batman 1966): Romero was the first person to put on the make-up of the Joker. This version of the character, though, is more of a prankster than an evil madman. He does evil and horrible things, but they're all for a clever joke or to make Batman look funny. At this point in time, the Joker wasn't really Batman's arch-nemesis. Romero did a very good job of bringing the Joker to life and he was one of the bright spots of the '66 Batman. Jack Nicholson(Batman): Nicholson is very well remembered for his role as the Joker. He played opposite Michael Keaton as the big bad in the first Batman film. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the Joker. He did a very good job of mixing Romero's camp with the dark humor and sadistic nature that the character was showing at that point in the comics. If I'm being completely honest with myself, Nicholson, IMO, was the best part of the Batman 1989 film. Sure Keaton did a great job but whenever Nicholson was on the screen he had my complete and full attention. Whenever I quote anything from that movie it's usually a Nicholson line. He really was a great Joker. Mark Hamill(Batman: The Animated Series, Arkham Games, and others): Yet again I'm adding a voice actor to a list of live actors. I know some don't think that voice actors deserve to be grouped with live actors, but dammit, I wouldn't put them on the list if they weren't so damn good. As good as Kevin Conroy is as Batman, Mark Hamill is as the Joker. Maybe even better. Mark Hamill doesn't just voice the character to perfection, he completely brings to life the idea of the Joker; the greater concept. Whenever I read the comics and think of the Joker in my head it's Hamill's voice that I hear. His portrayal truly is iconic. Heath Ledger(The Dark Knight): This is probably going to be the most popular choice; as well it should be. This was an academy award winning performance and it absolutely is the reason why the Dark Knight is so highly regarded. Not just by comic book fans but by most everybody that has seen the film. Ledger was able to take the character to the darkest place we've ever seen him. When you see the Joker in the Dark Knight, you can tell that there was something off about him. He was also physically intimidating. I, like most people, absolutely loved this version of the character and I wish that Ledger was still around to give us more of this iconic performance. Jared Leto(Suicide Squad, DCEU): Leto has the unfortunate task of following Ledger's wonderful performance as the Joker. That's a tall order for anyone, however, IMO, I think that Leto did a very good job. Of course, he was only in the movie for like ten minutes or so but he did a very good job while he was on screen. He brought something new and different to the character which was not quite as dark as Ledger's but still had some of the funny nature that the Joker should have. I mean, he's called the Joker for crying out loud. I feel sorry for Leto that he had to follow Ledger. He shouldn't get crucified for it though. Those are the choices. Pick one and discuss why you made the choice that you made. Let me know your opinions.