Best Actors That Portrayed The Joker In the Batman Franchise


The Top Ten

1 Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

The way I see it, there are two ways you can be the best joker; animated and live action. Hamill is clearly the latter and Ledger, the former. If these two had switched places in their versions, neither would ever held up. They basically both just made their own versions of the character and completely owned those versions.

Heath Ledger was definitely the best at playing the Joker and I'm not just saying that because he's dead. The Dark Knight was a great movie and the Joker had really cool makeup. - Catlover2004

Pre-2008, you think of the joker as some weird clown guy. Post-2008, you think of the joker as something made of pure nightmares.

2016: " the joker is so hot with Harley Quinn and tattoos are sexy" I hate Jared Leto joker - Alxg_mez

I like Mark Hamill better than Heath Ledger. - asantalo

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2 Mark Hamil (Batman: The Animated Series)

The fact that Heath Ledger is number one shows how uneducated people are about batman. Ledger didn't play joker, he played some insane guy with white makeup that's all, he didn't act anything like the traditional Joker everyone loved. Hamill is the joker, when you imagine the joker, you hear Hamill. Any educated Batman fan will say Hamill is Joker, not Ledger. - roflcash4

Hamill was a fantastic Joker but he never had to actually act as The Joker. He said that he would never be able to portray the character on screen whereas Ledger had to not only create a great Joker voice but also have the body language and act like the Joker. He became the Joker. And as for the comic accuracy, it's an adaptation and Ledger was going for the more modern take on the character not the silver age version. And if you look at the more recent Batman comics Joker is very similar to Ledger's Joker. - HarryPotter12

He has that iconic bone chilling voice and laugh that the joker should have. He has been the joker for over 20 years featuring in animation to the Arkham games that have made the joker a iconic and loved character without Hamill the joker wouldn't be as popular since he appeared In all forms of media appealing to children to teens to adults.

From Batman: TAS to Killing Joke. Mark Hamill is the best. He was amazing in Killing Joke. My wish is always granted when he plays as Joker in the graphic novel I always love. He was awesome in the Arkham Games big time. He deserves to be number 1 than Heath Ledger. - asantalo

The best joker, enough said

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3 Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989) Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989) John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker, having performed for nearly 60 years.

He is the most comic accurate representation of the joker yet so you got to give him that for sticking true to the comics.

Nicholson all the way!

4 Cesar Romero (Batman, TV Series)
5 Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)

I really loved his Joker, I hate how they basically cut him out of the movie, he deserved way more screen time; also Catwoman should have been in this movie. I LOVE Harley Quinn, but it was basically her movie. Katana got like 2 lines. - Stevenuniversefangirl

Leto is to punk and tattooed to really be the joker he doesn't have the look of Nicholson, the personality of ledger or the voice of Hamill to really reletate to the joker. He seems just like some street gang leader who likes pink and green.

He was okay. More of a creep than psychopath. Doesn't stand anywhere close to Ledger, Hamill, or Nicholson

No - phillysports

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6 John DiMaggio (Batman Under the Red Hood) John DiMaggio (Batman Under the Red Hood)
7 Kevin Michael Richardson (The New Batman Adventures) Kevin Michael Richardson (The New Batman Adventures)

His voice was great. But the concept of Joker looks terrible. - asantalo

8 Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, TV Series)

This guy is great. The Prototype Joker is awesome. He even gets a name, Jerome.

My sisters true love

9 Michael Emerson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
10 Troy Baker (Arkham Origins)

He is very good. When I first heard him in Assault on Arkham I thought he was Hamill. He also did a great job in Arkham Origins. - JasonTodd

I think that he did great in Arkham Origins. - asantalo

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The Contenders

11 Lennie Weinrib (The New Adventures of Batman)
12 Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series)

He is the best joker

13 Jeff Bennett (Batman: The Brave & the Bold) Jeff Bennett (Batman: The Brave & the Bold)
14 Frank Welker (Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians)
15 Zach Galifianakis (Lego Batman: The Movie)
16 Brent Spiner (Young Justice)
17 Jeff Bennett (Beware the Batman) Jeff Bennett (Beware the Batman)
18 Larry Storch (Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder, 1968)
19 Mike Matei (The Bat-Nerd)
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Top Remixes (9)

1. John DiMaggio (Batman Under the Red Hood)
2. Jared Leto (Suicide Squad)
3. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Michael Emerson (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns)
1. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
2. Jack Nicholson (Batman, 1989)
3. Cesar Romero (Batman, TV Series)

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