Joker (Batman)

October 9, 2009 12:02pm CST
I was watching Batman (1989), and Jack Nicholson was playing the Joker. I thought he was pretty good at it, and I did't really notice for some reason, he also played Two Face in a future Batman Movie as well. I was wondering in your opinions, Which actor, Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger played the better part, when they played t"The Joker"?
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• Brazil
3 Apr 10
If you compare the movies you will notice the difference of both Jokers. The classic from the '89 movie is the classic joker, of the classic comic books, he is a crazy funny motherf*****. And the Ledger's Joker is the Joker from the Dark Knight comic book, that is more sarcastic, insane and cold, with a dark sense of humour.
4 Apr 10
agree
@clorissa123 (4930)
• United States
10 Oct 09
Personally, I would prefer Jack Nicolson as a joker. He was more of really villain type of person on batman movie. But, Heath Ledger has great act on that movie, I will give him a applause for that.
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• Philippines
10 Oct 09
In terms of how they play the character, both are good. But in terms of how Joker is portrayed in the movie, I like it from Heath Ledger. The movie "The Dark Knight", I think is the best Batman movie so far. I like how the story goes and the characters that are portrayed. I love the movie.
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@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
Yes indeed. The Dark Knight is the best batman movie ever. It is thrilling and dark. The Joker is terrifying. He is a master of destruction. I'd love to see their director Mr. Nolan come with another great Batman movie. But I doubt it can exceed the tremendous success of TDK in terms of acting and in the box office.
@Zenstrive (239)
• Indonesia
9 Oct 09
I prefer Heath Ledger's Joker. You can still see Nicholson under his Joker, but you can not even see Ledger under his joker. That's what I call total immersion into character. And TDK's joker is so well written and so excellently acted that it comes alive and haunt people's subconscious. Some of them are even compelled to watch TDK over and over again just to see its Joker. Seriously!
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
I agree with you. I still watch TDK up to now. It's a classic super hero movie and one of the main reason why it stood on top is because of Heath's performance. I wish he had more appearances in TDK. Now we won't see his brilliance again. :(
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
10 Oct 09
I never saw all of the new Batman that Heath Ledger played The Joker but I loved Jack Nicolson playing that character and I can't imagine that I would like Heath Ledger more.
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@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
9 Oct 09
Jack didn't play Two-face. Tommy Lee Jones did. I liked Ledger's Joker much more but those two Jokers are 2 totally different characters in my opinion. It's the way they're written and how director wanted them to be and Heath was just perfect for Nolan's Joker.
10 Oct 09
Oh yeah, thts right...got it mixed up then...
@magickat (382)
10 Oct 09
I was going to point out that it was Tommy Lee Jones too lol. The films Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger were in were extremely different despite being Batman films. I think both did an excellent job in the respective genres. Nicholson's role was a lot more humorous, whereas Ledger was required to play a much darker character.
@jas24s (6)
• India
9 Oct 09
I still feel his character in "The Dark Knight" is the best. Heath Ledger was simply amazing. He simply lived the character. Its really unfortunate that he had to leave the world so soon.
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
Yes I do think that he touched many hearts with his exemplary performance as a joker. I too believe he was an amazing actor. We was one of a kind.
@marctiu (830)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
Simply the best role he played over the years. I believe many was amazed by his performance in portraying the role of Joker. He did a very well job on that, and I give him credit for that. I agree that it is too bad he has too leave. I suppose that they will find another person to play the role of the Joker if they decided to continue The Dark Knight.
• United States
30 Nov 09
Jack Nicholson played a good joker if you compare him to earlier comics, but Heath Ledger played him very well as the darker side like in Frank Millers The Dark Knight Returns. Also what movie was Jack Nicholson Two-Face? I think you are thinking of Tommy Lee Jones.
8 Dec 09
I was thinking of Tommy Lee Jones....
@tixepower (1196)
• Sweden
11 Oct 09
I think they both did a pretty good job but Jack is known for his horror movie called the shining so it was extra good with him as a joker I think. I think both did a great job, I even like jim carry as a joker in one of the movies :D
13 Oct 09
Most people forget Jim Carey as Joker, I dont think peole have mentioned that.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
10 Oct 09
I think Heath Ledger did a better Joker character than Jack Nicholson. Heath really made the Joker character more spookier and scary. I thought he was very deserving of the Oscar win for that role. I didn't know that Jack also did Two Face.
10 Oct 09
I was wrong, Jack didnt do Two-Face, I forgot that, It was Tommy Lee Jones.
• Singapore
10 Oct 09
I don;' have idea about this movie because i have never seen . But I watched dark knight and definitely Joker(Heath Ledger) was ever best negative role I have seen.
@shadow41 (2356)
• Philippines
10 Oct 09
You mean you haven't watched the batman movie with Jack as the Joker? It's a good movie and his acting was great. I thought he was perfect as the joker because of his smile. haha. But then that change when I saw Heath's Joker. It was insane.
@arunr175 (1679)
• India
14 May 12
I liked Heath Ledger playing the joker better than Jack Nicholson playing the joker. It's not because Heath Ledger is better actor but the Batman released in 1989 was more of a kids film than an intense film released in 2008...
@mythociate (15946)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
12 Jan 11
Wasn't it Tommy Lee Jones who played Two-Face (in the one you're thinking of). Off the top o` my head, Nicholson was the better Joker; but--thinking about it--it's a part kind of like The Doctor (DOCTOR WHO) ... all the actors interpret it differently, so they're all just as good!
@EdTv00 (298)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I liked both batman films, and enjoyed watching both actors take on the role of what I think is the greatest comic book villain of all time.
• Indonesia
13 Oct 09
I prefer Heath Ledger one, though I think it's because The Dark Knight are a notch better in terms of quality than Batman. Ledger was given a wide space to explore his role and given a better script than Jack's time. I am sure Nicholson will also be awesome if he plays Joker in The Dark Knight.
• United States
12 Oct 09
as much as i usually like nicholson,i'm gonna have to say ledger. if only for the fact dark knight was more like the comic and not "funny" batman. i hate the joke batman's like the 1966 series,because honestly,how can you make humor of a story that starts with a kid's parents gunned down in front of him? as far a voice goes,i have to give it to hamill. i can't believe that's mark hamill on the cartoon.
@nautilus33 (1831)
10 Oct 09
I think that Jack Nicholson is the better actor for this part "The Joker". His expression is somehow properer for this part. His look is somehow crazy and "the Joker" is exactly that!!!
@hora_fugit (5435)
• India
10 Oct 09
What I would like to know is how was the DC's joker. Did he have some sense of humor or was he just creepy and dark? Heath ledger played Joker very well but I don't agree that it was his best role or it was the best joker adoption. People don't tolerate much the opposition of famous idea (just like in TDK ) so I'm not going to convey my dissatisfaction, all I can say is the characters were all very suitable to the movie theme... and Jack Nicholson didn't get that benefit of technology is true too.
@AD1970 (116)
• Canada
10 Oct 09
I think Jack Nicholson's Joker was a bit overrated and I like Heath's Joker better. However, don't get me wrong, Jack's movie "As Good As It Gets" is one of my all time favorites.
• United States
10 Oct 09
I would have to say Heath Ledger. I think that he was one of the if not greatest Jokers in the history of Batman movies... but I just wish he was still around to make another!