The Evolution of the Joker Throughout Film History

Anna Green

Batman has been busting bad guys since 1939, but in the last seven decades, none of his many enemies has become more iconic than the Joker. With his maniacal grin, bright green hair, and penchant for diabolical pranks, the Joker is a larger-than-life character—even by Gotham City’s over-the-top standards.

Though the Joker is always a stand-out character, he is never portrayed the same way twice. Instead, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, and Heath Ledger have all put their own unique spins on the villain.

In anticipation of August's Suicide Squad movie, in which Jared Leto will play a brand new version of the classic villain, Screen Rant has created a short video essay called “The Amazing Evolution Of The Joker Throughout History.”

In the video, Screen Rant explores the many iterations of the character, from Cesar Romero’s campy, light-hearted trickster to Heath Ledger’s gritty sociopath. They point out some of the ways the Joker has evolved, and reveal how each actor has taken inspiration from those who preceded him. Check out the not-so-serious look at the history of the Joker above.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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