Famous actors who almost played the Joker

Famous actors who almost played the Joker

Ledger as Joker in The Dark Knight (Credit: Warner Bros)

Ledger as Joker in The Dark Knight (Credit: Warner Bros)

With the release of Todd Phillips’ standalone comic film Joker, Joaquin Phoenix joins the ranks of Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson and Mark Hamill to take on DC’s iconic and completely rampant Clown Prince Of Crime.

But pop culture could have been very different, with the likes of Willem Dafoe, Robin Williams and even, according to rumors, David Bowie, having been considered the villain in the past.

Here are the A-listers who have come close to terror in the hearts of the inhabitants of Gotham City …

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Hollywood Reporter's Toronto International Film Festival party on the third day of the TIFF at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, September 7, 2019 in Toronto.  (Photo by Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)

Willem Dafoe in 2019. (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)

With his inimitable bone structure and ability to display such extreme intensity, it’s no surprise that Dafoe has established skills in playing villains and, in particular, the evil geniuses of the comics. See: his role as Green Goblin in 2002 Spiderman, directed by Sam Raimi. But long before that, he was apparently in talks to play the Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, Batman.

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In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Dafoe revealed that the film’s screenwriter told him about the part, but never received an official offer, saying: “[Screenwriter Sam] Hamm said something about how physically perfect I would be for the part, but they never offered it to me. The role was made famous by Jack Nicholson.

John Lithgow

John Lithgow attends the 2019 Roundabout Theater Company Gala,

John Lithgow in 2019. (Greg Allen / Invision / AP)

The The crown he was once lined up to play the Joker in an unrealized 1980s Batman movie. In the early 1980s, before Tim Burton’s Batman and in the wake of Richard Donner’s success Superman: the movieWarner Bros. had plans to direct a Batman movie Gremlin‘Joe Dante. Dante turned down the project, but it was Lithgow who planned to play the Joker, who would be one of the few villains in the piece.

However, he would have been so suitable for the role, said Dante, who cited it as a reason to drop out of school completely, saying, “I wanted to hire John Lithgow for that part because I had met him on The twilight zone movie. And for whatever reason, I started gravitating more towards Joker than Batman. And I actually woke up one night and said to myself, “I can’t make this movie – I’m more interested in Joker than Batman, and that’s not how it should be.” If only he had known that a stand-alone Joker movie was possible …

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling attends the

Ryan Gosling attends the premiere of “First Man” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in Washington. (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP)

According to The Wrap, Ryan Gosling was originally supposed to play Joker in 2016 Suicide squad, but he turned it down because he didn’t want to be tied to a multi-film deal. Apparently, only after refusing, Jared Leto approached for the heavily tattooed incarnation of the character for which he famously followed the method: delivering a dead pig to the cast’s first reading, sending anal balls to his castmates while an enveloping “gift” and refusing to be called by his real name on set, instead only asking to be called “Mistah Jay”.

Robin Williams

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Robin Williams poses at the series

Robin Williams in 2013. (Robin Marchant / Getty Images)

Robin Williams revealed in a 2010 interview with Empire that he was vying to play not one, not two, but, three different Batman villain roles on the big screen. In the ’95 Batman forever, was in the running to play The Riddler (as well as Michael Jackson, who is said to have lobbied particularly hard for the role), though it ultimately went to Jim Carrey. But the late comedy legend was also considered to play Tim Burton’s Joker in 1989 Batmanbefore the part went to Jack Nicholson.

Williams, an avid Batman comic fan, spoke about the role of Joker for the second time when Christopher Nolan, who directed Williams in the 2002 film Insomniacame to the casting The dark knight is resurrected. This time the role went to Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for it. Even though Ledger’s character is considered to be one of the most iconic Jokers in film history, Williams’ performance in the role could have been incredible. He imagines his chaotic comic energy in him, combined with the disquiet he has shown he can play in films such as One hour photo.

David Bowie

British pop star David Bowie performs in the mid-1980s.  (Photo by Graham Wiltshire / Getty Images)

British pop star David Bowie performs in the mid-1980s. (Photo by Graham Wiltshire / Getty Images)

Before 1989 by Tim Burton Batman, and before Joe Dante’s undone film, there was other Batman movie that was never made. 1985 The Batman had to be directed by ghost Buster director Ivan Reitman, with Bill Murray as the Dark Knight and Bowie alongside him as the Joker. Eddie Murphy was also in line to play Robin in the film. So it’s safe to say it’s pretty much the greatest Batman movie ever made.

Since then, comic writer Grant Morrison has talked about how the music icon influenced his version of the Joker in his Batman RIP plot, with a number of comics in which the Joker gets to the point of being titled “The thin white duke of death“.

Author Neil Gaiman also said in an interview with Wired in 2009 that Bowie would be his first choice to play the clown prince in a Frank Miller adaptation. Batman: Return of the Dark Knight, while screenwriter Sam Hamm would have wanted Bowie again to play Tim Burton’s Joker in 1989 Batman.

Adrian Brody

Actor Adrien Brody poses for photographers upon arrival at the film's premiere

Adrien Brody in 2019. (Joel C Ryan / Invision / AP)

The The pianist The Oscar winner has been linked to the role of Batman’s main opponent on more than one occasion. He was apparently in line to play the Joker in 2008 The dark Knightbefore the role went to Heath Ledger.

Then, in 2017, when Zack Snyder’s Justice League film was in the works, he told Metro newspaper his interest in the potential to fill the role once again, saying, “I would if I felt I could contribute something valuable. and that the role would be interesting to me.For me, villains are a lot of fun!

“But [studios] don’t offer me those roles. If there’s an opportunity to do something like that and play a comic book hero or villain, that’s not something I’m fundamentally against. “The Joker didn’t appear. Justice League in the end, though.

Tom Hiddleston

Actor Tom Hiddleston poses for photographers backstage at the Olivier Awards in London on Sunday 7th April 2019 (Photo by Vianney Le Caer / Invision / AP)

Tom Hiddleston poses for photographers, 2019. (Vianney Le Caer / Invision / AP)

Playing Loki in the MCU and Joker in the DC Cinematic Universe may have been a tough game, but at one point in 2014, Hiddleston was rumored to be in the running for the role in Zach Snyder’s. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Obviously, the villain didn’t appear in the movie, but if he did, Hiddleston could have become the arch-villain of everything superhero movie universes. Apparently, he kept it more discreet. (Sorry.)

Tim Curry

Tim Curry in the television adaptation of It (credit: ABC)

Tim Curry in the television adaptation of It (credit: ABC)

He is already famous for playing a psychotic white makeup artist wearing a clown in his iconic role of Pennywise It, so perhaps unsurprising when Tim Curry was chosen to voice the Joker Batman: the animated series only recorded four episodes before being recast, because it was too scary. Instead, he was replaced with Mark Hamill.

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