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 • 1 074

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

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

    • Rebelin Reb
      Rebelin Reb  2 hours back

      You're voice is annoying+music sucks bags of....

    • mithilesh goswami
      mithilesh goswami  12 hours back

      It's not a superhero movie, it's a drama, a class apart. People will watch but money doesn't matter.

    • Dahntae Deluna
      Dahntae Deluna  13 hours back

      Looper yes

    • Luis Aguilar
      Luis Aguilar  17 hours back

      No not yet

    • Ash Collins
      Ash Collins  20 hours back

      I havent a clue because im not a fan of the bigger hit bullshit movies.. i kind of want to see this ‘joker’ movie... i loved heath ledger’s joker, and was never going to watch that batman movie until a friend told me he nails how the joker ‘should’ be... and i agree.. the joker is supposed to be a lunatic, shaped by society and how bad they treated this one poor guy, until he snaps and laughs last... so im hearing joaquim’s version is another take on that.. and i hope and think he’ll do it justice

  • Bobby Machado
    Bobby Machado  3 hours back

    leto joker looks like a crack head with green hair. wouldn't know it was joker unless you were told it was

    • catmuffin69 lol
      catmuffin69 lol  6 hours back

      The mouth on his hand from suicide squad is cool

      • drosera88
        drosera88  7 hours back

        I'd bet that Joaquin's will fall into a vat of chemicals like Jack Nicholson's Joker in a figurative way. The chemicals he 'falls' into are drugs prescribed to him for his illness. The drugs unintentionally make his condition worse due to side effects. He also has scars like Heath's interpretation. Not physical scars, but mental and emotional scars. And like Ledger's he probably has conflicting stories on how he got them because his mental illness makes it hard to differentiate between reality and delusion.

        • BN11NB
          BN11NB  8 hours back

          Too much blah blah blah.

          • Ballsweat McGee
            Ballsweat McGee  8 hours back

            This is just abunch of old random facts from older jokers, what a waste of time such a bs video

            • clarence neal
              clarence neal  9 hours back

              nothing can kill my hype for this

              • Angela S
                Angela S  9 hours back

                Heath Ledger was the Best! He deserved every acting award possible!
                Leto is the most romantic one.
                Joaquin Phoenix has a huge challenge to impress me.
                I bet he’ll deliver.
                We all could do without Robert DiNiro. He’s a jackass.

                • actwealthy
                  actwealthy  13 hours back

                  maybe you should watch footage of the shooting at the Dark Knight Rises movie, and consider reserving seats with an exit strategy in mind. its just another thing to do before you watch the Joker.

                  • Ben Alauddin
                    Ben Alauddin  13 hours back

                    This generation ruin everything

                    • YxngFTW
                      YxngFTW  14 hours back

                      a little known independent film call star wars???..........

                      • Angelo Farrell
                        Angelo Farrell  15 hours back

                        I like the 2016 Joker and I want DC to keep him

                        • Coiled Steel
                          Coiled Steel  15 hours back

                          There are as many different kinds of Joker, as there are different kinds of EVIL!

                          • Susan Appleby
                            Susan Appleby  16 hours back

                            Watch the movie before you watch this youtube vid. Joker will be epic its Joaquin Phoenix!!

                            • Reyes Regime
                              Reyes Regime  16 hours back

                              Spend 99% talking about other joker movies. Spend 1% talking about 2019 JOKER movie. 🤦‍♂️

                              • healthy life style changes

                                what's going on with justice league anyone

                                • healthy life style changes

                                  you can't have batman with out the joker no way no how

                                  • E VK
                                    E VK  19 hours back

                                    I predict hot garbage.

                                    • Caroline Mohr
                                      Caroline Mohr  21 hours back

                                      I think the most crucial thing for you to like this is that you shouldn’t view this as a comic book movie in the slightest. It’s not gonna be very comic accurate and you shouldn’t expect any sequels or an expanded universe. I feel like this movie is send a message of awareness and there also using a complex and entertaining character to do that. If you go in with your Batman short or try and compare him to other jokers or comics you might not like it. So try and view it as a stand alone

                                      • DylValentine
                                        DylValentine  22 hours back

                                        We all know Heath is the one true Joker

                                        • Dan Sapphire
                                          Dan Sapphire  22 hours back

                                          There's also the Joker on the TV show "Gotham."

                                          • mohan kumar
                                            mohan kumar  24 hours back

                                            Just watch the movie, people.

                                            • howard bonds
                                              howard bonds  1 days back

                                              So basically its a remake of an old 70's movie...

                                              • J Money
                                                J Money  1 days back

                                                Turd of a video, no reason anyone needs to see this video before, or after watching the joker.

                                                • Losaiko RESIST!!! Say No to Trump and No Fascisim

                                                  I will see "The Joker"!!!!

                                                  • Col. George S. Patton, Sr.

                                                    who cares - this isn't Heath ledger
                                                    nor Jack Nicholson - who cares.

                                                    • Jennifer W
                                                      Jennifer W  1 days back

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

                                                      • Greg Bartle
                                                        Greg Bartle  1 days back

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

                                                        • PK J
                                                          PK J  1 days back

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

                                                          • Luis Aguilar
                                                            Luis Aguilar  1 days back

                                                            50% money 50 % corn pops

                                                            • Gami Cross
                                                              Gami Cross  1 days back

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

                                                              • James Willingham
                                                                James Willingham  1 days back

                                                                This video is complete fluff. Not informative whatsoever

                                                                • D. Grey, MBA
                                                                  D. Grey, MBA  1 days back

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

                                                                  • Steve Applepie
                                                                    Steve Applepie  1 days 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  1 days 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  1 days back

                                                                      Joaquin looks a lot like David Lee Roth now

                                                                      • Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS
                                                                        Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS  2 days back

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

                                                                        • Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS
                                                                          Jason Dubya-DEEZNUTS  2 days back

                                                                          Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson were the best jokers

                                                                          • Sipha Poswa
                                                                            Sipha Poswa  2 days back

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

                                                                            • Tara Zahn
                                                                              Tara Zahn  2 days back

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

                                                                              • brandee Williamson
                                                                                brandee Williamson  2 days back

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

                                                                                • Lessly Carthan
                                                                                  Lessly Carthan  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                                                    defiitely great,like for you

                                                                                    • Kwarkool
                                                                                      Kwarkool  2 days 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  2 days back

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

                                                                                        • Dylan
                                                                                          Dylan  2 days back

                                                                                          Gamers rise up

                                                                                          • I am Who iam
                                                                                            I am Who iam  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                                                              nope I'm going anyway