When it comes to comic book characters who’ve been around for decades upon decades, it’s only natural for them to be played by various actors in other media as time passes. At this point, guys like Batman and Superman can be likened to James Bond insofar that someone new inevitably carries the torch after a few years or so.
Similarly, any villains known to be associated with said heroes are reborn anew almost as often. In the case of the Joker, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, Cameron Monaghan (yes, we’re counting him) and now, Joaquin Phoenix have each brought something different to the table on the live action side of things.
Of course, with Phoenix supposedly being on for a standalone flick, someone else will probably take over the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime before you know it. As it turns out, Get Out‘s Lakeith Stanford is up to the task. When speaking with Deadline, he transitioned to the topic while discussing people dressing up as characters he’s played on Halloween before admitting he’d actually like to play Mr. J:
“I want people to dress up as me as black Joker, when that inevitably happens,” says Stanfield. He’s not kidding. Earlier generations wanted to play Hamlet. Today’s true artistic coup is landing the part of Batman’s lead villain. “I just think there are so many things that haven’t been touched yet in terms of how the performance can be delivered,” he says, adding, “When I make the movie myself.”
Actually, he’s got a point there. With the Joker having been introduced into comics in 1940, there’ve been so many interpretations of him. If Stanfield wanted to take cues from say, The Joker’s Comedy of Errors or The Killing Joke, it’s entirely possible to go to those polar extremes – or anything in between.
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