Which is the better Batman? Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson?

January 4, 2009 12:32am CST
For me Heath Ledger trumps Jack Nicholson. His Joker was very much different from the Joker I am used to seeing.
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@chikyo (58)
• Indonesia
6 Jan 09
i also prefers heath's version better than jack's but i think it's hard to make such comparison considering even though the tag is "BATMAN", the old one have a different version than the new one the heath's version is a much more realistic character while jack's version is much more comical
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5 Jan 09
I think they were both excellent for the feel of the movie in which they appeared. For the Dark Knight, Nicholson's Joker wouldn't have worked. Having said that, I think he gave the 'old' Joker something that the 'new' one was missing - Ledger's Joker is sociopathic, but Nicholson's had that little edge on being 'nutty'. The moments where he just says/does something totally bizarre or finds amusement in something awful were missing in the new version, for me. They were both great, though.
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@arcidy (5016)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I never saw Jack nicholsons role as the joker but im guessing he was great since he is perfect for crazy parts. But I loved heath ledger as the joker and thought he was truly amazing and truly made that movie fantastic. I dont think anyone can be as good as heath ledger and dont think they should bring back the joker. But that movie made me a fan of heath ledger and put him on the top of my favorite actors list its just a shame he had to die when he was at top of his game.
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@stinge (808)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I thought Heath Ledger gave us a more harder image of the joker than we are used to. He wasn't the same goofy fool that couldn't fight a lick to save his life. I wish he could have laughed a bit more, but he was still cool. But I liked them both. Jack Nicholson gave us the original Joker character when Batman 1st was put on in the theaters. They were sticking to the original script. At that time. back in 1990, we were fine with how Nicholson played played the part because that's the Joker we were all used to. So I have to say that I liked the way both Nicholson and Ledger played the roles. Ledger just gave us a more sinister darker twist to it.
@stinge (808)
• United States
4 Jan 09
And this conversation should have said who was the better Joker in batman. Not who was the better batman.
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
30 May 09
I like Heath Ledger more than Jack Nicholson for the same reason of better Joker.
@Mohanmojo (119)
• India
4 Feb 09
To me that sounds very Obvious, it has to be 'Heath Ledger'. Without him as a Jocker in The Dark Knight, the movie will go not as successful. His Brillaint Acting-who would deny it, had gain him both Crtical & Commercial Success, also crediting his role to the Oscar Award.
• United States
14 Jan 09
For me it is a tie. Both Jokers are excellent. The original Batman film is less dark and more playful, so the Joker is the same. The Dark Knight is so much darker , so the Joker is darker too. Jack seemed to be having fun. While Heath was enjoying his work but was more on a evil mission.So it is a tie for me.
13 Jan 09
heath ledger was the better joker for me jack nicholson was ok but heath made the part his he played the role of being insane better then nicholson well make the part funny which is how the joker should be.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I think Ledger trumps Nicholson too. Nothing against Nicholson. He's a great actor. But Heath Ledger really was frightening as the Joker. You couldn't tell it was him. He changed everything about himself so nothing of Ledger showed, only Joker. This Joker was diabolically cunning. Everything had a plan within a plan. One of the cartoons, Superman/Batman movie, had a sentence about the Joker. "Expect the unexpected." No other Joker version ever came closer than this one did to living that. This Joker wasn't the goofy, kid version. This was an adult, frightening look at a truly memorable character.
• United States
7 Jan 09
heath was the best to me.. he was more serious or realistic to me
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
5 Jan 09
Heath Ledger is not batman, and so there's no comparison between the two of them.. lol =D But if u are talking about the characters in the movie, of course my vote will go to Heath Ledger because his performance in the movie is simple outstanding and awesome.. I guess nobody is able to do it as well as him, and he's the best ever 'joker' i have ever seen ^_^
@jakekap (10)
• United States
5 Jan 09
They are both great. but for me, the joker should be somebody who dosent necesarily choose to bad things, but feels compeled to do them instead. to purley strike terror into the hearts of his victims. i believe that Ledger accomplished this in more asspects than Nicholson
@r0ckstar (25)
• India
4 Jan 09
for me jack nicholson is an legend..he is one of the finest actors we have..but having said that..heath ledger's portrayl of the sarcastic joker was extraordinary..its sad that he's no more..movie buffs have lost a great actor.. may his soul rest in peace..
@missybear (11395)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I just watched the movie yesterday and i really liked Heath Ledger as the Joker.
@ds6413 (2073)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Hi, I haven't seen the new Batman with Heath Ledger as the joker yet so I'd have to say Jack Nicholson but I might change my mind once I see the movie. I got the movie a week ago from a family member but still have not viewed it.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I can't judge that yet since I haven't been able to see the New movie yet, I have been wanting to though. I have heard that Heath Ledger went deep and put alot of stuff into his role and did a fabulous job at it and I am anxious to see it soon.
• United States
4 Jan 09
I was thinking about this very question a few days ago. I saw The Dark Knight for the first time Monday. Honestly, as much as I liked Nicholson's version, I actually kind of prefer Ledger's Joker a good bit more. I think one difference between the two is that, as someone once put it, Nicholson's version just seemed more like a cruel person who happened to wear clown makeup. I loved how with Ledger's Joker, insanity just seemed to resonate from him. Which is definitely something the Joker should do.