New Image of Joaquin Phoenix in 'Joker'
This is going to be interesting. On the one hand, Heath Ledger set the bar so high for his version of the Joker in 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’ that anybody who follows is (likely) destined for failure. On the other hand, Joaquin Phoenix isn’t not just anybody. He’s one of the most nuanced actors in Hollywood, has experience lending physicality to his roles, and is no stranger to weirdness.
And that’s exactly what the role of the Joker demands: nuance, physicality, and weirdness. Ledger’s performance was so definitive that ten years feels like a short time to reintroduce the character. Here’s to hoping that Phoenix can rise to the occasion.