Watch This Before You Go See Joker

  • Published: 05 September 2019
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    Considering how singular Joaquin Phoenix'sinterpretation of the Joker promises to be, it's probably a good idea to know a little bit about the character's long history to fully appreciate what's different about his depiction. Here's everything you need to know before watching 2019's Joker.

    Since his debut in 1940 's Batman #1, the Joker has been Batman's most popular and enduring arch-nemesis. As a result, he's appeared opposite every big-screen version of the Caped Crusader's adventures since 1966's Batman: The Movie.

    While the character's popularity has remained consistent, the different cinematic Jokers have taken a very different approach to the tone of the character. The version played by Cesar Romero was a perfect fit for the campy, relatively lighthearted world imagined by the TV show. He was portrayed as more of a giggling, over the top bank robber than anything else.

    When the Joker returned to theaters in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film with Jack Nicholson under the makeup, he was played as something a little more like a murderous performance artist. He was a hitman for the mob with a thing for playing cards right from the beginning of the film - and even killed Bruce Wayne's parents in that version of Batman's origin story - but his dip into the acid gave him a whole new perspective. He not only took over Gotham City's crime families for himself, he also plotted to kill everyone in the city, dosing them with poisonous gas as his masterpiece.

    Batman: The Animated Series hit television screens in 1992, and the following year saw the theatrical release of an animated movie, Mask of the Phantasm. In both the show and the film, the Joker was played by Mark Hamill, who might be best known from his starring role as Luke Skywalker in a little-known independent film called Star Wars. Hamill's version of the character was beloved by fans, and he kept the role in various animated shows and video games through today, despite flirting with retirement from the part after Batman: Arkham City.

    2008 brought us The Dark Knight, and Heath Ledger's unforgettable, Academy Award-winning performance. This time, unlike Burton and Nicholson's take, the Joker had no origin story, and even told conflicting versions of his history to different characters throughout the film.

    He billed himself as an "agent of chaos," with intricate, clockwork plans that were designed to destroy any sense of morality that Batman had returned to his city.

    With the launch of DC's movie universe, we got another version of the Joker in Suicide Squad, which saw Jared Leto apparently going full method actor in order to embrace the Joker's sinister personality. In this take, he was a heavily tattooed, unpredictable crime boss with a gift for manipulating people like his sidekick, Harley Quinn, a character who had originally appeared in the animated series and rose to incredible popularity in the decades since.

    With that many different portrayals - not to mention all of the different interpretations of the Joker that have appeared in comic books over the past 80 years - the idea that any single actor could be the only "true" Joker is as insane as the character himself. Even with that in mind, though, Joaquin Phoenix's portrayal in the Joker's first-ever solo film promises to be a pretty big departure from what we've seen before. Make sure you watch this before you go see Joker!

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    The Joker legacy | 0:17
    A different kind of criminal | 3:02
    What's in a name? | 4:10
    The cast | 5:04
    Unexpected influences | 6:36
    Li'l Batman? | 8:42
    Not your usual comic book movie | 9:15
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Comments • 1 026

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Do you think Joker will clear $100m opening weekend?

    • Psilocybins ִ⁠
      Psilocybins ִ⁠  10 hours back

      @Luis Aguilar is it gonna be you?

    • Psilocybins ִ⁠
      Psilocybins ִ⁠  10 hours back

      @Alexandre Martins thr joker has many different origin stories. What you mention only on a few them. No true scottsman fallacy.

      Also have you seen it? You sound like you do because trailers almost never correspond to movie quality. Look at Star Wars TFA and TLJ. The trailers are better than the actual film and there have been vice versa.

    • Luis Aguilar
      Luis Aguilar  11 hours back

      Joker and Batman, they are brothers, both looking for justice to their way

    • Sanjay Prakash
      Sanjay Prakash  14 hours back


    • Ardius
      Ardius  18 hours back

      There will be a shooting on the premier

  • Jennifer W
    Jennifer W  2 hours back

    They fail to mention Frances Conroy's iconic performances in AHS.

    • Greg Bartle
      Greg Bartle  4 hours back

      @Looper why do you put so many commercials in your garbage

      • PK J
        PK J  7 hours back

        Did I get watching anything from this? This is the question in loop.

        • Luis Aguilar
          Luis Aguilar  7 hours back

          50% money 50 % corn pops

          • Gami Cross
            Gami Cross  8 hours back

            is this for pod people that don't know who the Joker is?

            • James Willingham
              James Willingham  8 hours back

              This video is complete fluff. Not informative whatsoever

              • D. Grey, MBA
                D. Grey, MBA  8 hours back

                Is it me or do I see a white male mass killer's manifesto in this movie ??

                • Steve Applepie
                  Steve Applepie  8 hours back

                  Last thing we need right now is a movie like this coming out at a time of the rise of far right terrorism. Great

                  • DyesubDave
                    DyesubDave  8 hours back

                    Looks like an interesting movie on its own. I really don't understand why they want to put the 'Joker' theme to it. IMO Heath Ledger was the best Joker from the Batman series. I do like the premise of how our modern social structure drives people to madness but they could have taken it in many other directions. I guess I really won't know for sure until I watch it though.

                    • Ray Lan
                      Ray Lan  9 hours back

                      Joaquin looks a lot like David Lee Roth now

                      • Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS
                        Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS  10 hours back

                        Phoenix is a good choice.. he IS a fuckin clown, after all ...

                        • Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS
                          Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS  10 hours back

                          Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson were the best jokers

                          • Sipha Poswa
                            Sipha Poswa  11 hours back

                            I can't wait to see the Joker i love my DC characters

                            • Tara Zahn
                              Tara Zahn  11 hours back

                              Let's just wipe Jared's joker from history.

                              • brandee Williamson
                                brandee Williamson  12 hours back

                                Joker is CIS white male Wet Dream. What a disgraceful film

                                • Lessly Carthan
                                  Lessly Carthan  12 hours back

                                  This is a remake of the silent film the man who loved to laugh I'm so looking forward to this 100yrs in the making remake

                                  • Polish Surprise Eggs
                                    Polish Surprise Eggs  16 hours back

                                    defiitely great,like for you

                                    • Kwarkool
                                      Kwarkool  17 hours back

                                      The dark knight joker didn’t tell conflicting origin stories, he was frigging joking. Gosh! why do I need to state the obvious.

                                      • jacobtheboy
                                        jacobtheboy  17 hours back

                                        why did I have to see this before I watched Joker?

                                        • Dylan
                                          Dylan  22 hours back

                                          Gamers rise up

                                          • I am Who iam
                                            I am Who iam  23 hours back

                                            Am i the only one who thinks that this jokers face makeup is garbage compared to the original bleached face with the painted smile

                                            • Aziz Bouhejba
                                              Aziz Bouhejba  1 days back

                                              nope I'm going anyway

                                              • DRAKE
                                                DRAKE  1 days back

                                                Man I hated Leto Joker his was more of a joke, it kinda feels like they only use Leto because of his fame but still his Joker portrayal just didn't feel right

                                                • Luxury
                                                  Luxury  1 days back

                                                  Who else thinks that bill skarsgård would be awsome for jokers role

                                                  • Rick C
                                                    Rick C  1 days back

                                                    Heath was the best Joker so far in my opinion but Joaquin is an awesome actor that always delivers.

                                                  • Charles Price
                                                    Charles Price  1 days back

                                                    Hollywood loves the Joker because they love evil, not intelligence, or character, or anything that makes you think. If they did, the Riddler would have been reintroduced. The head games that could be masterminded for his character would produce endless storylines, not the same one over and over. What we need is a thinking population, no matter the genre used to do it.

                                                    • Magnet Cross
                                                      Magnet Cross  1 days back

                                                      If Joaquin Phoenix doesn’t get a Oscar from this Joker movie, I hope ppl riot and wear clown masks outside just like in the movie trailer.

                                                      • WackBeats
                                                        WackBeats  1 days back

                                                        Wait so this joker will never be in any future dc movie? So why should i invest my time and money in this movie? Smh bs

                                                        So this is just a guy who has a clown job and fantasies about being the joker?

                                                        • Winston Smith
                                                          Winston Smith  1 days back

                                                          Don't think misunderstood pushed over the edge aspie is all that clever or deep. Sorry.

                                                          • asspounderify
                                                            asspounderify  1 days back

                                                            we dont talk about jared leto's "joker"

                                                            • Jason
                                                              Jason  1 days back

                                                              Sorry everyone but I liked Jared Letos joker it's different and eccentric. Would love to see Afflecks scary Batman against this joker would be a bad ass dynamic. On another note JOKER is going to be a Masterpiece

                                                              • Tim Francis
                                                                Tim Francis  1 days back

                                                                This is horrible, couldn't finish it.

                                                                • Randy Wise
                                                                  Randy Wise  1 days back

                                                                  This is a film that would have starred Heath Ledger. He was always keen to pursue the Joker’s inner physiological leanings. As it is, this is now a film that is inspired by Ledger’s iconic performance. Huge shoes to fill. I’m not sure if the movie will live up to all of the hype.

                                                                  • Ivory Poet
                                                                    Ivory Poet  1 days back

                                                                    Yay! single mother! Lets celebrate poor life choices?m!

                                                                    • Desiree Febus
                                                                      Desiree Febus  2 days back

                                                                      I got a joker ad when I clicked on the video

                                                                      • Robert pfaff
                                                                        Robert pfaff  2 days back

                                                                        It don't matter how many times joker is re created or re imagined, no one and I mean NO ONE will ever play the joker better than Heath ledger, he did an amazing job, he put in so much work into that character, and it paid off because if u were to imagine what a joker would be like in real life ledgers joker would be it! He is a psychotic genius in dark Knight, that is exactly who joker would be as a real person! N no one will change my mind! And Leto sucked as joker!

                                                                        • Andrew Delgado
                                                                          Andrew Delgado  2 days back

                                                                          Phoenix is a great actor like Heath so it will be something you will want to see. I like the origin of the joker but this is like finding new things out about the joker you didn't know before and being rated R this will be dark like the dark Knight can't wait!!!

                                                                          • blood hand
                                                                            blood hand  2 days back

                                                                            .........why did I need to watch beforehand???

                                                                            • Mr. Cool Indian
                                                                              Mr. Cool Indian  2 days back

                                                                              One thing for sure,DC is going dark again.🥴🥴🥴😵😵😵😵

                                                                              • Hidden Mountain Drum Covers

                                                                                Tasty 🤢

                                                                                • Mike Rutter
                                                                                  Mike Rutter  2 days back

                                                                                  heath da goat, ttyl

                                                                                  • ja da
                                                                                    ja da  2 days back

                                                                                    There is nothing more frightening than reality

                                                                                    • Ian Mac
                                                                                      Ian Mac  2 days back

                                                                                      Leto should be tim drake or jason todd

                                                                                      • SS Beau
                                                                                        SS Beau  2 days back

                                                                                        Jesus I can’t keep this shit straight!

                                                                                        • Josue Flores
                                                                                          Josue Flores  2 days back


                                                                                          • Piranha Soda
                                                                                            Piranha Soda  2 days back

                                                                                            In gotham there is no joker Jeremiah is a different character

                                                                                            • Tank Fu
                                                                                              Tank Fu  2 days back

                                                                                              So.. who else can swear to god that they knew the Joker's name was Arthur Fleck BEFORE this? I thought his name was Arthur Fleck in an animated version of the Moore/Red Hood origin story... BUT I can't find a DAMN thing that says that! What the hell? I can't even find anything on an animated version of that story arc. So weird.