The 2019 “Joker” is a very different take on the popular DC comic book character. The film is a crime thriller that has a realistic setting, and it explores the psychological aspect of the masked criminal rather than emphasizing the character’s antagonistic relationship with Batman.

Over the years, different actors have brought their own vision to The Joker. While some of these characters have been well received, others have been rejected by the passionate fans. While the jury may still be out about the 2019 movie, here’s a look at the top five other portrayals of the comic book villain in no particular order.

Heath Ledger:

Arguably the most memorable performance of The Joker was by the late actor Heath Ledger. His portrayal of the villain as someone who thrives on chaos in the 2008 flick “The Dark Knight” set a new standard for the character.

Cameron Monaghan:

Cameron Monaghan took the role of The Joker in 2014 for the “Gotham” TV series. The show quickly became a hit for exploring the childhoods of the different Batman villains, but it came to an end with five seasons.

Mark Hamill:

Better known for his role as Jedi Master Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” movie, Mark Hamill has also leant his voice to The Joker in animation shows. His most recent TV series as the character was “Justice League Action.”

Jared Leto:

Arguably the most controversial Joker was Jared Leto’s take of the character. He played the character in the 2016 movie “Suicide Squad.”

Zach Galifianakis:

Just as there have been more serious takes on The Joker, there have also been fun iterations of the villain. Zach Galifianakis played the 2017 comedy movie “The Lego Batman Movie,” Ranker reported.

As far as Phoenix is concerned, he shared some insights about how he developed his version of The Joker in an interview with USA Today. According to the report, the actor has charted an “unpredictable path” for the character.

5 actors who played The Joker before Joaquin Phoenix. Joker/Facebook

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