5 Actors We Want to See Play the Joker in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

From Peter Sarsgaard to Aaron Paul, we count down the guys who should go up against Superman and Batman in this anticipated sequel.
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5 Actors We Want to See Play the Joker in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

As the rumor mill for Man of Steel 2 continues to move along, Warner Bros. will no doubt be dropping casting hints and story points in their usual piecemeal fashion. Rather than wait for them to lead with the story, we're taking it upon ourselves to make them follow our lead!

Despite how mum the studio might be right now over what is happening regarding this project, there are no doubt things happening behind the scenes. Agents are calling studios, production people are examining costs, and there are definitely actors who have no idea they are being talked about for potential roles that could change their careers.

How often do we hear stories about two actors being up for the same role only to lose that role to another actor with more weight? Rumor has it that was exactly the case for Steve Martin and Robin Williams when Tim Burton cast the Joker in 1989's Batman. Here, they probably thought they had it locked...Then Jack Nicholson came in and it was a whole other ballgame.

And speaking of the iconic Joker character, who first appeared in the Batman #1 comic in 1940, we've decided that whether he is the villain in the next film or not, we've got some ideas about who should play this white faced, red lipped, green haired maniac.

1 Peter Sarsgaard

Peter Sarsgaard

As he displayed in films like Boys Don't Cry and An Education, this guy knows his way in front of a movie camera. Equally evident as the baddie Hector Hammond in Green Lantern, Sarsgaard could do a lot more with a role like this if he was given a lot more to do. And lets just say that the world that Batman inhabits is a bit different than that of Green Lantern.

Just imagine what Sarsgaard could do with this role? Imagine that face caked in white make-up and his mouth slammed with cheery red lipstick? Then add to that eyes that seem to linger but actually bely the machinations of pure evil. I am thinking that his take on this role would be quite different than that of even the late Heath Ledger.

Peter Sarsgaard would give us a more cerebral Joker. One that maybe doesn't talk as much, which would make his every utterance, his every action, one to watch.

And fear.

What do you think? Is this list off base or right on the money? Should we quit our day jobs and cast films for the studios? Or quit show business all together?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016.

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  • Kyle-Delcambre • 1 year ago

    I love the idea of Glenn Howerton tho

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    • Kyle-Delcambre • 1 year ago

      Rainn Wilson or James Franco

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      • Tresix • 1 year ago

        Ian Somerhalder from "The Vampire Diaries" would make an excellent Joker as well.

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        • 2movieguys • 1 year ago

          I can see Crispin Glover in the role!.

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          • Rameshwer-Karingala • 1 year ago

            Frankly, a weak list but I'd go for Leo as the Joker.

            John Leguizamo is a better fit for Victor Zsasz though.

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            • Chaz-Coats-Butcher • 1 year ago

              Willem Dafoe! The end.

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              • One-Man-Arsenal • 1 year ago

                Brad Dourif who is best known for playing the voice of chucky and Grima Wormtongue in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as well as other creepy roles in films. He was even in an episode of The X-Files. In my opinion he would be the greatest joker ever. And even though he's old he still looks like he can still pull it off.

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                • Tresix • 2 years ago

                  Actually, the only person on this list that I would pick is Leguizamo. Aaron Paul and DiCaprio should NOT be here at all.

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                  • sylvia-88511304 • 2 years ago

                    Sorry, u are all soooo wrong! The only man that can pull off joker is the one and only Charlie Hunnam , because he resembles a lot like Heath and the guy is an up and coming actor. Movieweb, u have it all wrong . Charlie should be the next joker and bring in Harle quinn with him in the movie. Enough said , Hollywood and Dc batman producers, wake up and hire this man

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                    • Eddie-BoBetty • 2 years ago

                      "He doesn't become the roles he plays so much as he's impressing people by his ability to play the role."

                      Actually, now that I think of it, that's a very Joker-esque attitude. Joker is an attention craving lunatic who always wants to steal the show and impress people in all the wrong ways. I'm not saying I like the idea of Leguizamo playing Joker, (in fact I hate it), but as far as approach to the character should go, I want to see a narcissistic Joker like that. Not that Heath wasn't narcissistic or did a bad job, I loved him, but I'm tired of people wanting every Joker to be like his. I want to see a Joker like Mark Hamill's on the big screen (other than Nicholson), a Joker who's so immature and insanely unpredictable that he is more dangerous than anyone in the room.

                      Or maybe I'm just an idiot with an opinion.

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                      • Frankie-Addiego • 2 years ago

                        I don't want the Joker to be in the Superman/Batman movie. While Lex Luthor works because he's essentially an evil Bruce Wayne, the Joker can only do so much to hurt Superman. Same with most of Batman's rogues galleries.

                        Since Superman movies are fewer and further between, I want to see more of his rogues gallery. Forget Luthor and definitely forget Joker. I'd like to see Metallo: y'know, Kryptonite-powered cyborg. They could easily have General Swanwick be responsible for his creation (as Luthor was in the mid-'80s comic reboot) or maybe Parasite.

                        Part of Superman's appeal is that his adventures can be on a galactic scale one month and have some urban crime drama the next. But that doesn't mean that a Superman movie doesn't demand a larger-than-life villain.

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                        • the-wolverine • 2 years ago

                          Why do people give the old Batman movies so much cred? The first two were decent but still nothing compared to Nolan's Trilogy.

                          Honestly, I'd rather see a Batman stand-alone movie with Hush or a 'Nolan'ised Mr. Freeze.

                          Otherwise Batman vs. Superman would have to be an absolute masterpiece to pull off a villain that could rival the World's Finest and have a story that is more than just a bit of action. Make the action awesome but limit it and talk volumes about morals, identity and order.

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                          • the-wolverine • 2 years ago

                            no one is gonna be able to even match Ledger but if they do go with the Joker I think Simon Baker could do the character "justice" ...

                            or would he be better as another Batman villain

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                            • Selina-Marie-Hope • 2 years ago

                              Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be perfect not only does he look like Ledger he is an amzing actor. If he was supposed to be Robin at the end of Batman he could be the Robin that went crazy and became the Joker and Harleen Quinzels true love! Also Juno Temple as Harley would be amazing as she appeared as the "best friend" of Catwoman big hint there to. But it is my opinion and I really cannot see any of the above names except maybe Leo as the Joker. Ledger left behind a legacy that maybe noone will ever be able to fill!

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                              • Carl-Billadeau • 2 years ago

                                Michael Keaton. The irony would be he played batman, and just look at how well he did Beetlejuice. It's a win win.

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                                • A-Clockwork-Orange • 2 years ago

                                  Hugo Weaving?

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                                  • Jordan-Herkowski • 2 years ago

                                    Hush, Here's a better idea, use a villain that hasn't had the live action treatment already.

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                                    • Blake-Salsgiver • 2 years ago

                                      Peter or Aron I could see. But Leo. If he gets in this movie I wont go see it. When are people going to learn. HE CANT ACT!!!!!!! Period! Now we all know the best man for the Joker is Tom Brady. Even though he played Bane. You never saw his face. Tom would be perfect for this role!!

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                                      • Me-33373491 • 2 years ago

                                        How about GARY BUSEY!!! HE'S PERFECT FOR THAT!

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                                        • REALTRUTH • 2 years ago

                                          HOW ABOUT CRISPIN GLOVER AS A YOUNGER TYPE JOKER OR DANIEL DAY LEWIS AS A OLDER MORE RUTHLESS LOOKING JOKER, NONE OF THE FIVE LISTED COULD PULL IT OFF WITH AN ACCEPTION OF JOHN LEGUIZAMO BUT EVEN HE IS A FARE CRY FROM HEATH LEDGER WHO GAVE PROBABLY THE BEST PERFORMANCE AS THE JOKER THAT HAS BEEN IN MOVIES IN A LONG TIME, THATS NOT SAYING THAT OL JACKIE BOY COULDN'T PULL IT OFF AGAIN, BUT DIFFERENT STYLE OF MOVIE... AS FOR BRUCE WAYNE IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE MR. BALE RETURN ONE MORE TIME, JUST AS LONG AS THEY DON'T GET VAL KILMER...LOL.

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