Best Joker: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix
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The Joker... versus the Joker. Heath Ledger... versus Joaquin Phoenix. Two incredible actors … one role. Join WatchMojo as we pit the late, great Heath Ledger against living legend Joaquin Phoenix to see who gave us the superior big screen incarnation of iconic Batman villain, the Joker, from their portrayals in "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Joker" (2019), respectively. Come along as we evaluate a wide-range of categories to determine which interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime reigns supreme. Which Joker performance is your favorite? Let us know why in the comments below!
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6 oct. 2019




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Learn how Joaquin Phoenix transformed himself into the Joker, right here!:
the nostalgic gamer
the nostalgic gamer Il y a 3 jours
Yeah it's not purple
Mr Nagger
Mr Nagger Il y a 2 mois
The PUNISHER Il y a 3 mois
@Tweety Kid Thats bcz u have no taste in films
Tweety Kid
Tweety Kid Il y a 3 mois
I must be the only person who wasn't moved by Ledger's performance. He was a great actor. I am glad he recieved the Oscar. He is deeply respected in that role by most of the planet.
The PUNISHER Il y a 5 mois
Newsflash this movie was about a joker , not the Joker from Batman
Styne Virtudazo
Styne Virtudazo Il y a 18 heures
I love them both
PabloM187 Il y a 22 heures
It was not close!!!! HL all the way
PabloM187 Il y a 22 heures
Phoenix is a crybaby in his Anakin Skywalker
PabloM187 Il y a 22 heures
I don't see how people can even compare the two. Phoenix isnt even a good joker. The "Joker" would have been better as a stand alone movie, rather then then to try to emulate or recreate an iconic character. That is well established as a criminal mastermind, and has a high iq capable of coercing anybody to his will no matter how criminally insane the act. The Phoenix joker was just a mentally ill man that had fallen through the cracks of society unable to get the help he needed. Not to mention his intelligence was below average and he was socially awkward.
Junior Il y a jour
I don't mean no disrespect at all when I say this... But y'all need to stop "clowning" Jared Leto's Joker. He did the best he could. Stop saying he is a joke. It's rude and disrespectful. And to all the people who make fun of Jared Leto's Joker until I see/hear that you got casted the role of the Joker and you deal with the pressure of playing this character... Stop it. To be completely honest, I love every last Joker ever created. All the actors over the years who have played the Joker did they best they could why doesn't anyone else see that?
Junior Il y a jour
I'm conflicted. I like both of them. 😍 Round 1: Both of them Round 2: Both of them Round 3: I think Heath took this one. (But I like both of them). Round 4: I think Joaquin took this one. (But I still like both of them).still Round 5: Both of them killed his voice. Both of these actors win frfr. Joker was portrayed by of these actors perfect. I do prefer Heath Ledger version of Joker but both of these actors did perfect. Joaquin Phoenix's Joker has also become one of my favorite Jokers. That's why if someone where to ask me who played Joker better between these 2 males... I wouldn't be able to choose. 😍
Nida Munir
Nida Munir Il y a jour
tough call, i loved both
Renzel Decena
Renzel Decena Il y a jour
Ha ha ha comparing the origin and its prime much to think its a comedy
Ice Lly
Ice Lly Il y a 2 jours
it isn't fair to compare either jokers due to the fact both jokers are joker during two time periods in jokers life and would require different needs for the role of joker.
X0 Mystic 0X
X0 Mystic 0X Il y a 2 jours
Joker has a deep secret
JordanMoes Il y a 3 jours
I mean they're both great, but yooo.... where my by Cameron Monaghan at, or Jack Nicholson
BOrna Jt
BOrna Jt Il y a 3 jours
Ledger’s Joker wanted to watch the world burn because he saw the world as a joke. Joaquin’s Joker wanted to watch the world burn because the world saw him as a joke
Fuck ur feelings
Fuck ur feelings Il y a 3 jours
It's a tough one but I gotta give this one to Heath, he was phenomenal.
Starlight1929 ss
Starlight1929 ss Il y a 3 jours
I don't think there can be an actor who can play Joker better than him at least for another 9 years. Was he the main character of the movie like Phoenix?No. But was he the one that was talked about the most when someone opens a conversation about movie for these 9 years?Yes. Than that means he really left a huge effect on us.
Mr RockNRoll
Mr RockNRoll Il y a 3 jours
Both are the best although Phoenix is the most accurate portrayal... They are both good
David Pryor
David Pryor Il y a 3 jours
10:54 exactly!! Because it wasnt always the joker. He hadn’t truly became the joker till the end. He was a normal guy and over the course of events in the movie he transformed slowly into the joker meanwhile heaths joker was always full blown joker from the get-go
David Pryor
David Pryor Il y a 3 jours
This is unfair .., considering heath passed away a lot of people will give it to him just because of his early death. But realistically you can’t really compare the 2 since heath played joker when he was full blown joker but Phoenix played an origin of joker , he was never full blown joker till the very end. So one is the joker n the other is the person before he becomes the joker Tough to compare
1 6
1 6 Il y a 4 jours
Phoenix is the best joker made scense has a laughing disorder then he went to laugh when he felt like it
Just a Dancing Hotdog
Just a Dancing Hotdog Il y a 4 jours
I'm just happy we don't have to deal with Jared Leto (notice how I didn't say "Jared Leto's Joker")
Ace Of Spades
Ace Of Spades Il y a 4 jours
As ledger said himself, when you cross an unstoppable with an immovable object paradox happens. Both are just good in their own categories.
Ace Of Spades
Ace Of Spades Il y a 4 jours
4:48 well heath kinda confessed he wasn’t a schemer when taking to Harvey so...
Areen Shah
Areen Shah Il y a 4 jours
they both are same one starting one finishing
Mason Batty
Mason Batty Il y a 4 jours
I think they are even
creAstale games
creAstale games Il y a 5 jours
Heath is serious joker. but Joaquin is a really joker (if you agree) because Joaquin laughing in movie. but Heath is good actor for joker (if you agree) . Like he don't scare of batman. If Joaquin will see batman i think (laught).
Banana Split
Banana Split Il y a 5 jours
I think this is draw
Tracy Amster
Tracy Amster Il y a 5 jours
Ledger played “the Joker”. Phoenix played “Arthur Fleck (?)”. The Joker is defined by his obsession with Batman and wanting to create chaos. Arthur is more of a victim of the system and circumstance. Plus we can deduce that Phoenix was in his late 30s-early 40s as Joker. This would put him in at least in his 60s when he faces off with Batman. We don’t KNOW if Arthur becomes the Joker or just an symbolic like figure in which the identity was assumed by a fanatic (as we know many exist in that world). As far as I’m concerned they both portrayed different characters with similar tendencies.
light man
light man Il y a 5 jours
Heath Ledger is the true joker
BalibagUu Gaming
BalibagUu Gaming Il y a 6 jours
Ledger’s joker: he thinks that the world is joke Phoenix’s joker: the world thinks he’s a joke Ctto
My Viva
My Viva Il y a 4 jours
You stole a comment bruh
The Golden Sorcerer
The Golden Sorcerer Il y a 6 jours
Ledger will always be the best actor to play the Jokern, but Phoneix is definitely second so far.
Axel Maldonado
Axel Maldonado Il y a 6 jours
Buuuuuut.... Heath stole all 33 mins he was in. JP had about 2 hrs lol
Keith Brandon
Keith Brandon Il y a 6 jours
Phoenix is better and more realistic in my opinion...realism is what appeals to me. Ledger was really good. I think people like Ledger's antics ....he's more animated. Phoenix was just a troubled man.....Its like......people would pick scarface over Michael , character her wise.
LUKE SCHROTER Il y a 6 jours
I that Joaquin Phoenix did a great job but did people forget how Insane people went when the dark knight came out people were losing their shit
Tilman Boeck
Tilman Boeck Il y a 7 jours
No question at all: Heath Ledger ist by far the best Joker.
Telis TheCypriot7
Telis TheCypriot7 Il y a 7 jours
they didn't follow the real story of the real joker at Joaquin Phoenix so for me, Heath Ledger was way better if i had to choose a new updated version of the joker then the suicide squad joker is what i would go with
AF Plays
AF Plays Il y a 7 jours
Seeing the comments and slamming my head against the wall 😂... the film "Joker" isn't really based on the backstory of Joker, it is based on mental illness.... so you can't compare them with each other, if your looking for the superhero/villian shit.... Heath Ledger wins
Aidan 123
Aidan 123 Il y a 8 jours
Heath ledger would always be the best joker
Badass Frank Henry
Badass Frank Henry Il y a 8 jours
The Dark Knight was the best comic book based movie ever made IMO. The Joker, I didn't really care for it honestly.
Satyam Sharma
Satyam Sharma Il y a 8 jours
I stll think Heath was the best Joker ever whereas Phoenix was a great Arthur Fleck.....
Brandon Davis
Brandon Davis Il y a 8 jours
I didn’t want to but I watched the new joker. I considered it to be a rather rude move to try to remake the joker after Heaths recent performance. That was uncool regardless. But I watched the new joker and I think Phoenix did a good job acting. I think he portrayed the character he intended very well. But his joker was actually kind of a bitch. Sorry. He was pretty soft. Now Heath on the other hand. His joker was carved from solid steel. His joker was a ruthless badass. I’ve heard theories of how Heath’s joker was a frontline veteran. A door kicker. A man pushed to the brink. Forgotten and abandoned. So he formed his own justice. Through chaos. Sorry. We’re kinda fucked up. But Heath gave us the joker. Phoenix tried and failed. Best possible attempt. But nowhere near enough.
HeyGuysItsYoBoiJoJo Il y a 8 jours
Siren Head
Siren Head Il y a jour
It's a purple mixed with something
nintendomomcat1 Il y a 9 jours
Dare not to compare and take anything away from these amazing actors who did an incredible job keeping you at the edge of your seat and hungry for the next scene. To compare makes one have to choose and it's not applicable. Both, did a job worth equal praise, putting their own unforgettable twist and personality fully into their character! Winner? Phoenix and Ledger. Period. Sorry mojo, but having to sit thru this video and feel bad that either was less in the end? I have only one word to say...DISLIKE!
Kobe Gigi
Kobe Gigi Il y a 9 jours
How are you comparing this is making me laugh like the Joker... You cannot compare them based on these...seriously! 😂😂😂
Kehn's Konvos
Kehn's Konvos Il y a 9 jours
You can compare their effort into becoming the Joker but you can *never* and I mean never compare their Jokers. Ledger was Joker fully developed Phoenix was Fleck becoming the Joker It's just not sensible
Lx Knight
Lx Knight Il y a 10 jours
2019 joker is the story of joker, 2008 joker is joker now
Rahman Mhate
Rahman Mhate Il y a 10 jours
Phoenix was the better Joker.
Jin Apelu
Jin Apelu Il y a 10 jours
This has got to be the best video you guys!!!👌👏👍😘
Nikhil Yadav
Nikhil Yadav Il y a 10 jours
Heath Ledger is best.... He showed the madness and cracks of the system he gains power from.. Joaquin Phoenix did great job covering story about Joker.. But still for me Heath Ledger is best...
crazzzy futbaler.
crazzzy futbaler. Il y a 10 jours
how much joker versions may come...but no one can stop me from loving heath ledger
Nimish Parmar
Nimish Parmar Il y a 10 jours
I will not this sin comparing Heath and Joaquin.
Jeon's Euphoria
Jeon's Euphoria Il y a 12 jours
Everyone here saying heath ledger is better, he got to get more deep into madness bcz he was in a superheroes movie stuff. I'm sure if Joaquin was with a batman he would have been in complete madness as well. So there's no much he could do.all the madness he was allowed to get to; was basically limited to real life or real existing or real world, so it was limited to possible craziness. No extreme actions.on the other hand fantasy movies have more creativity then real life case movies. Just imagine there was a batman with Joaquin. I can smell the madness through the screen. Not a joke
Hazed d
Hazed d Il y a 11 jours
we're comparing a main character with a protagonist. that shows how the protagonist is so good. I mean no hate but Joaquin joker is like depressed and Ledger's Joker is like chatic and does things unplanned that makes him happy
emiway bantai
emiway bantai Il y a 13 jours
Heath ledger is always best
DJ Lake Sea
DJ Lake Sea Il y a 13 jours
So true when she said that we hang off every word that Heath Joker says. There's a reason he won an Oscar for it. And OMG that scene when he blows up the hospital: Fun Fact, Heath Ledger ad-libbed it. It was supposed to blow up the first time he presses the detonator, but the explosives failed in real life, so Heath had to think quick and press it again and again because it wasn't a CGI explosion. It was a real building rigged that had to be done in one take. (source from IMDB)
gms sona
gms sona Il y a 13 jours
Love you Reb.....
Hugo Quinn
Hugo Quinn Il y a 13 jours
My childhood is all a lie! Batman is no hero!
anas mohd
anas mohd Il y a 12 jours
Both are hero. Only a matter of point of views. 🤔
MOVIES4u Il y a 13 jours
Heath ledger is best
Honest000w Il y a 14 jours
New guy was good but the first time I saw heath ledger as joker I was BLOWN AWAY! Hands down the best... he gave that role life but dude was a good follow up . He didn’t disappoint 👌🏾
Daniel Platonov
Daniel Platonov Il y a 14 jours
Phoenix played both the joker and Arthur....
Dojah Bantu Nysut Netrket
Ledger was the worst Joker because he didn't laugh enough he was TOO SERIOUS
Maniak TV
Maniak TV Il y a 14 jours
Why you so stupid 😑
Acoustic Hyms
Acoustic Hyms Il y a 14 jours
Never compare oranges and bananas they're both awesome
FCN Videos Pt2
FCN Videos Pt2 Il y a 15 jours
Joaquin by a mile! Not into that cartoonish shit! Joaquin was reality based
real talk
real talk Il y a 15 jours
dollarbill2208 Il y a 15 jours
Hmmm... I wonder how difficult it would be to combine all of the characteristics of both into one continuous character, in one movie? It may be impossible, but it would require a very long movie with a great amount of focus. As for me, I can’t really say who was “best.” Yes I think Ledger did an incredible acting job as the known agent of chaos, but I think Phoenix provided a good deal more depth and development.
Eyevenear Il y a 15 jours
They were comparable only IF they were both with Nolan, in the same room, shooting the exact same sequence. 'cause ledger came 12 years later the previous one, plus the previous one was the most cutting-edge joker to that point, plus the actor DIED and became a legend. Comparing two actors with such a different scenario is like trying to compare two language dubs in two different scenes of two different movies, instead of comparing two languages in the same exact sequence, that, if you ever tried, gives that easy and immediate feeling of "oh ok, this objectively sounds better"
zarina Batool
zarina Batool Il y a 15 jours
heath ledger was awarded the best supporting actor
zarina Batool
zarina Batool Il y a 15 jours
heath ledger is best
Juicetin31 Il y a 15 jours
They are both very good, but we can agree that Jared Leto was the worst joker in history.
Jose Diego Delgado
Jose Diego Delgado Il y a 16 jours
joaquin is the best joker alive then
Gamer Hexer
Gamer Hexer Il y a 17 jours
Can we agree both were good
SFRAME Il y a 17 jours
Ledger should have 5 points!!! Who thinks the same?
Cyril Morgado
Cyril Morgado Il y a 17 jours
Heath ledger: joker Joaquin Phoenix: joker Jared leto: j0ke☠️
TwilekDude723 Il y a 4 jours
Ok we get it -_-
Ryan Syed
Ryan Syed Il y a 17 jours
Both are the best❤️❤️
Abey Botha
Abey Botha Il y a 18 jours
R.I.P Heath Ledger. You are and always will be the best joker!
NS Jayathilaka
NS Jayathilaka Il y a 18 jours
lets forget about the joker for a second, as far as the acting alone is concerned joaquin is better. Just the minute details in the Murrey show, amazing
Joker Clip
Joker Clip Il y a 18 jours
NS Jayathilaka yeah it’s just a fact. Phoenix is the best actor living today can’t beat him just on another level all together
Andrei Stoica
Andrei Stoica Il y a 18 jours
Heath Ledger is more of a cartoonish joker, so adressed to a lower age audience while Joaquin Phoenix went full super 4th Saiyan form and not for kids:))
Barbie Blank
Barbie Blank Il y a 18 jours
Ledger started Phoenix complete 🤍
Barbie Blank
Barbie Blank Il y a 18 jours
There’s no vs at all, this movie was going to be for Ledger and when the legend Ledger gone, Phoenix completed Ledger legendary path so that made him legend too and he succeeded with what the legend Ledger started and completely complete it soooo perfectly and Ledger is nothing but proud of who’s completing his legendary path now
captain douche
captain douche Il y a 19 jours
Phoenix joker is an angry child lashing out at the world ,ledgers is the agent of chaos
Cas Ual
Cas Ual Il y a 19 jours
Joaquin Phoenix.
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