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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    WatchMojo.com4 muaj më parë

    Learn how Joaquin Phoenix transformed himself into the Joker, right here!:


    The PUNISHER7 ditë më parë

    @Tweety Kid Thats bcz u have no taste in films

  3. Tweety Kid

    Tweety Kid7 ditë më parë

    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 PUNISHERMuaj më parë

    Newsflash this movie was about a joker , not the Joker from Batman

  5. BlueYakes

    BlueYakesMuaj më parë



    The PUNISHERMuaj më parë

    @Rainos62 You have never read a comic book , your opinion is for laughs

  7. I'm Batman

    I'm BatmanOrë më parë

    We got the answer of “why so serious ?” as “you wouldn’t get it”

  8. Aries Arete

    Aries Arete3 orë më parë


  9. Koriayne Webb

    Koriayne Webb5 orë më parë

    In Joker we get to see the birth of Joker of course he's still got a lot of emotions and conflicts inside of him. By the time dark knight rolls around he's as polished and cold and as intelligent as he can be. Joaquin is the caterpillar Heath is the buttertly

  10. Alireza Asadi

    Alireza Asadi6 orë më parë

    Well, let's talk about YOUR voice Rebecca!; damn, I love your voice! ^_^ keep doing it baby 😎

  11. Fate Dk

    Fate Dk7 orë më parë

    He name is not heath ledger his real name shit ledger

  12. memestar

    memestar9 orë më parë

    Petition to kill Jared Leto

  13. qween-zee

    qween-zee14 orë më parë

    No consideration for Jared Leto? LOL jk

  14. JulianaCT

    JulianaCT15 orë më parë

    they both were incredibly great but heath ledger really brought out how joker was told in comics and brought out the craziness and deception of the joker

  15. Rick ruins the joke

    Rick ruins the joke19 orë më parë

    Ledger's joker actually said "i hated my father" but he never met his father

  16. Postosuchus 700

    Postosuchus 70020 orë më parë

    What about jack nicholson

  17. Dylan Morgan

    Dylan Morgan22 orë më parë

    It isnt really fair to compare the two. They both focus on different aspects of the joker

  18. Theghost15 Tu vieja

    Theghost15 Tu vieja23 orë më parë

    Cameron monaghan's joker is the best forever and ever >:3

  19. Bruce Wayne

    Bruce WayneDitë më parë

    Obviously 2 different time lines, Heath was more entertaining as Joker in his prime, Phoenix was an origin character but he played his role perfectly, if i had to choose it would be Heath but that's just my personal take

  20. Khalidahmad Khansheri

    Khalidahmad KhansheriDitë më parë

    I love jokers

  21. Zax 133

    Zax 133Ditë më parë

    *_Jared Leto is pretty cool_*

  22. Zax 133

    Zax 133Ditë më parë

    Can anyone explain me the story of *Joker* movie

  23. 95 ovr jason kidd

    95 ovr jason kiddDitë më parë

    And here we go

  24. Sara Sara

    Sara SaraDitë më parë

    Heath vs Joaquin How win I think heath the best How with me

  25. Sara Sara

    Sara SaraDitë më parë

    Heath the best

  26. Mark Dwight Tadina

    Mark Dwight TadinaDitë më parë

    Stop comparing. They are now both Oscar Winners

  27. Deven Garcia

    Deven GarciaDitë më parë

    Both were SPECTACULAR! My take on it, and I’m speaking more in a critique fashion is that, Phoenix’s version is to get to understand a character who had no backstory to begin with. One who doesn’t even understand himself which is why I think his version is less in comparison to Ledger’s joker. “If I have to have a past, I’d prefer it to be multiple choice” that’s one of my favorite joker lines to this day. And Ledger hit the nail on the head, because it’s not about the jokers past, it’s about what he’s doing at that present moment. From the laugh to the trench coat (which the cartoon joker wore), Ledger has become the epitome of what the joker should be. Not to diminish the fascinating acting Phoenix brought to the table but Ledger was more the accurate joker and this video only gave Phoenix points to try and make things even when it really isn’t. Nicholson was more cartoony than them both no doubt about it, but if real life had a joker it would be more like Ledger than the other two. Sorry if I offended anyone but the point of live action joker is to make him a real life version and Ledger is the immensely overwhelming version of that. “Some men just want to watch the world burn”. Ledger has and will always have the cake on this. Until another joker comes who doesn’t have a back story or have an explanation for things like “WHY SO SERIOUS?” like the original take.

  28. james crane

    james craneDitë më parë

    I've seen both movies and joker performances and I can honestly say 2019 joker movie was shit and I didn't like the phoenix performance at all, meanwhile the dark Knight was a masterpiece led by heaths joker which is 10x better than phoenix No comparison

  29. ming chocolate

    ming chocolateDitë më parë

    If i say then heath ledger was the one who made the audience love him, and because of him we got this movie 'Joker' heath ledger made it to the top but then Phoenix just played the role with his great ability still Heath was the only joker for me 🤧

  30. poopie6205

    poopie6205Ditë më parë

    You can't compare it... The interpretations were so different and perfectly executed.

  31. Robby Adams

    Robby AdamsDitë më parë

    I felt sorry for Joaquin. I either feared or wanted to punch Heath. As far as loving to hate a villain goes Heath takes it.

  32. Darth Maul

    Darth MaulDitë më parë

    Ok let me get this clear. Joker is a fantastic movie and joaquin phoenix played the role beautifully. But i dont see his joker ever facing off against batman. Heath ledger, hes an intelligent terrorist. Heath easily beats joaquin

  33. Linda Moore

    Linda MooreDitë më parë

    Ledger and Phoenix both awesome in a different way. Superb portrayals on a different level. Ledgers scared me a bit more. I think it was that weird mouth licking thing. Then again Phoenix had that creepy dance. Both A+ performances and well deserved awards.

  34. Yrah S.G.L.H

    Yrah S.G.L.HDitë më parë

    On one way, I don't think you should compare their performance, since they should The Joker on different times in his life: When he has become a insane, bonkers villain (Ledger), and when he's on the process of becoming a insane, bonkers villain (Phoenix). However no matter which performance you prefer the most, there is NO DOUBT about that they are two amazing actors making a OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD OUTSTANDING and PERFECT performance each of an amazing, beloved villain! And both of them are so WORTHY of their Oscar!

  35. Lebron RG

    Lebron RGDitë më parë

    Heath’s and Phoenix’s joker are not the same, one comes from DC, the other from Marvel.

  36. William Delgado

    William DelgadoDitë më parë

    I thought Phoenixs face looked better

  37. MT UK

    MT UK2 ditë më parë

    Joaquin played his “original” character of Fleck to perfection however his ‘Joker’ doesn’t resonate with the comic joker at all. He’s far more defined of a guy, the way he perfects his clown face and his suit etc - would he stand up against the bat? Doubt it .... he has a whole biopic style film to develop this Character and does it well - I just can’t believe he’s smart or even crazy enough to become the actual Clown Prince of Crime whereas Ledger smashes the joker he’s just insane yet a genius. The messy image and his crazy stories - the way he snaps into serious mode as he says the line “why so serious” ... his awkward nature reflects Phoenix version but i never saw Phoenixs character as a direct threat at all. Like he can’t defend himself without a gun or others around him - yet Heaths Joker does present a clear and present danger 1 the way he deceived his followers in opening scene - they whole thing as he waltz’s into the gang leaders meeting and ... makes the pen disappear! He’s dangerous just like the joker!! I loved the Joker film and Arthur Fleck its amazing BUT Ledgers Joker is the best JOKER imho

  38. Jeffrey Williams

    Jeffrey Williams2 ditë më parë

    I kind of expected that. I've always been used to voting for Heath as Best Joker. Skip 11 minutes and you'll have the answer.

  39. Zage

    Zage2 ditë më parë

    I adore Joaquins Joker,great job,it explains a lot,sends a message. Heath was the Joker,he made the joker,he designed it. And you cant compare these two,heath stole the show,joaquin had its own.

  40. san chandran

    san chandran2 ditë më parë

    Heath ledger is always great

  41. ObsessiveFanboy

    ObsessiveFanboy2 ditë më parë

    Heath Ledger: best on-screen Joker Joaquin Phoenix: best pre-Joker Mark Hamill: best animated Joker Jared Leto: best shitty Joker

  42. Barry B

    Barry B2 ditë më parë

    Phoenix is more subtle, Ledger is more threathening. both perfect for the movie they where in. still i think Phoenix was better, brings in more layers in his character, never over the top.

  43. blablabla vkst

    blablabla vkst2 ditë më parë

    Heath ledger is best ever✌

  44. Lauro Carvalho

    Lauro Carvalho2 ditë më parë

    Man... that comparative is sooooo... dumb....

  45. Monster Zero

    Monster Zero2 ditë më parë

    Literally whenever one character has two points at the when the third question ends the fourth one is a bull shit question that’s is good for the other one who’s losing. It’s just so they can have a tie breaker. It’s bullshit no one wants to watch more than they have to.

  46. Manmeet Singh

    Manmeet Singh2 ditë më parë

    No comparison. They were both too good to compare against each other

  47. John Kolokythas

    John Kolokythas2 ditë më parë

    In my opinion Heath Ledger was a "Legend" as the joker god rest his soul 😢.

  48. Harry Hart

    Harry Hart3 ditë më parë

    They are both incomparable and unique in both ways. Smh

  49. Tech with Hadhil

    Tech with Hadhil3 ditë më parë

    Heath ledger is best

  50. Arhan Maker

    Arhan Maker3 ditë më parë

    Joaquin deserved the win here he was better than ledger

  51. Manjunath Chatradhar

    Manjunath Chatradhar2 ditë më parë

    Yes , kids love Joaquin!!!!????

  52. Ishra Hussain

    Ishra Hussain3 ditë më parë

    Heath ledger did only one film ,if he did not die his character would rule

  53. RvSoccer 10

    RvSoccer 103 ditë më parë

    Both jokers are good

  54. The Milk

    The Milk3 ditë më parë

    Both are amazing , but for me it's got to be heath ledger 👑👑👑👑👑

  55. BJ 7Up Dunky

    BJ 7Up Dunky3 ditë më parë

    You missed the multiplicity of meanings from 'Joker' completely. The movie is pure genius. So many interpretations. Respect to Ledger's iconic performance, but Phoenix's was theatrical perfection, and goes way beyond what it appears to be.

  56. Da Main Mane

    Da Main Mane3 ditë më parë

    Lets stop comparing and just love The Joker

  57. DexxonGamerYT

    DexxonGamerYT3 ditë më parë

    Heath Ledger just played it next level. Both of them really played it well, but Heath just has it. Edit: Ledger should have won the laugh I mean come on. It sounds way more insane and crazy!

  58. AllatMamaTT

    AllatMamaTT3 ditë më parë

    Put it simply, Dark knight IS remembered for Ledger's performance where the central character was Batman. Whereas Joker was the movie that revolved around Joker himself. Heath was a Legend

  59. RogueBrit Gravy1

    RogueBrit Gravy13 ditë më parë

    Should we expect Romero v Nicholson?

  60. Darth Maul

    Darth MaulDitë më parë

    RogueBrit Gravy1 nicholson obviously but romero was also pretty good

  61. NinjaCat

    NinjaCat4 ditë më parë

    I don't compare them. Heath Ledger is the Batman movie joker, a super villain Joaquin Phoenix is the Joker as a person, and as a full movie

  62. DANKXI

    DANKXI4 ditë më parë

    Joaquin Phoenix just has something that Heath Ledger struggles with. Hes alive.

  63. Arian Serrano

    Arian SerranoDitë më parë

    DANKXI I meant they both died of an overdose with drugs

  64. DANKXI

    DANKXIDitë më parë

    @Arian Serrano No he didn't. Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose with sleeping pills. Joaquins brother died of an overdose with heroin and cocaine. If you think thats the same thing, sure.

  65. Arian Serrano

    Arian Serrano2 ditë më parë

    Wow what a disrespectful joke. Joaquin would probably tell you to stfu since his brother died the same way Heath did

  66. Lkl ngapurum Haokip

    Lkl ngapurum Haokip4 ditë më parë

    Like you mention on Phoenix's character was more of likely an individual joker role which makes less /low satisfaction But, while Ledger's character completely filled all the audience's seeking roleplay fantastically with a peak satisfaction. Yea,.. as likewise Ledger is and will always be a one and only truest winner/champion JOKER.

  67. The One

    The One4 ditë më parë

    Joaquin phoenix best joker he made me like the joker

  68. Danno GNR88

    Danno GNR884 ditë më parë

    At the end of Joker we had a glimpse of what could be but for me Heath Ledger still reigns supreme!

  69. prasanna

    prasanna4 ditë më parë

    ledger is incredibly perfect. vote here if u agree. pheonix not even able to make the scratch over ledger.😂😂😂😂anyway ur video is big bullshit.

  70. Electroo_ A

    Electroo_ A4 ditë më parë

    You're comparing them both? The hell you smoking?