Jack Nicholson did it (okay). As have Heath Ledger (great) and Jared Leto (meh).
Now it’s Joaquin Phoenix’s turn to play the iconic villain in an upcoming origin Joker movie directed by Todd Phillips.
Joker is intended to be the first film in a series of DC-based films separate from the shared DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Joaquin’s character begins as a failed stand-up comedian who eventually morphs into a murdering psychopath…
A movie without CGI and pure acting makes it very realistic.
In my humble opinion, Joaquin Phoenix was a great choice for portraying a truly damaged individual such as the joker.