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 • 1 109

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

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

    • Victor Mitchell
      Victor Mitchell  11 hours back

      @Darshan Mane


    • bagel
      bagel  1 days back

      @Psilocybins ִ⁠ Yes

    • Rebelin Reb
      Rebelin Reb  2 days back

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

    • mithilesh goswami
      mithilesh goswami  2 days 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  2 days back

      Looper yes

  • Gravity
    Gravity  4 hours back

    Heath Ledger is the real joker

    • Dror Alon
      Dror Alon  10 hours back

      Who's that charcter at 3:57?

      • Thirumeni Elavazhagan
        Thirumeni Elavazhagan  15 hours back

        You don't need to watch this video before you see Joker
        Just watch the trailer its enough
        The Joker trailer has more details than this video😂😂

        • Mad Dawn
          Mad Dawn  15 hours back

          it may be too artsy fartsy. I'll just wait for it on Netflix

          • Evan Yott
            Evan Yott  19 hours back

            Why so much auto-tune on his voice?

            • Klayden004
              Klayden004  21 hours back

              This is gonna be the best movie ever!

              • Tommy DiFiore
                Tommy DiFiore  1 days back

                Wouldnt he want to sign up for a series of movies?

                • RM Style78
                  RM Style78  1 days back

                  I think Bill Skarsgård, Cameron Monaghan and Joaquin Phoenix could be the best Joker cast members for a perfect Geoff Johns "Batman: Three Jokers Theory" Movie.

                  • RM Style78
                    RM Style78  1 days back

                    I think Joaquin Phoenix is ​​an outstanding method actor and Heath Ledger was a unique Joker. But there is also a Cameron Monaghan from the Gotham Series, he acted so many great different Mr.J (Joker) variations and he was only 22-25 years old and thus the youngest Joker actor.

                    Maybe in the next Batman movie with Robert Pattinson??? HaHaaHaaa

                    • Crusty The Wanksock
                      Crusty The Wanksock  1 days back

                      *So basically, the new Joker movie is a propaganda statement that contesting capitalism is an extreme form of mental illness?* ☕️🐸

                      • Mistah dope
                        Mistah dope  1 days back

                        More like: waste 10 minutes of your life before you go see joker.

                        • Jordan Steed
                          Jordan Steed  1 days back

                          Mind BLOWN

                          • SIGNOFZODIAC
                            SIGNOFZODIAC  1 days back

                            HEATH LEDGER > MARK > JACK > EVERYBODY ELSE DON’T MATTER!

                            • David Uribe
                              David Uribe  1 days back

                              Why does the joker from suicide squad look like Angelina Jolie

                              • Ramon Barbosa
                                Ramon Barbosa  1 days back

                                The great Robin Williams would've done a good joker too.

                                • Frank Zappa
                                  Frank Zappa  1 days back

                                  Cesar was terrifying as a child

                                  • iwantmycheeseback
                                    iwantmycheeseback  1 days back

                                    "it's a standalone film and has nothing to do with Suicide Squad, Justice League..." THANK GOD

                                    • Tracy Scotto Rinaldi
                                      Tracy Scotto Rinaldi  1 days back

                                      “Character driven” and “not a super hero movie” are the key phrases I think stood out to me. Joaquin looks to do a bad ass portrayal of the character!

                                      • Kevi Zaa
                                        Kevi Zaa  2 days back

                                        Marvel: Got all their best heroes to create the endgame.
                                        DC: Come in,,,,,,,,,,,,, CLOWN.

                                        • Mr. Joker
                                          Mr. Joker  2 days back


                                          • LuizGeorge_101
                                            LuizGeorge_101  2 days back

                                            So what did watching this video change? These are fictional characters that have had multiple interpretations over the years, so that means this too will be an interpretation, since the different interpretations took on different personalities. This is like saying I dont know what the movie will be, but here are 50 different options to what might be, even though it wont be based on any of the previous interpretations. Useless video.

                                            • shawn burnham
                                              shawn burnham  2 days back


                                              • Sum Ting Wong
                                                Sum Ting Wong  2 days back

                                                All I need to know:
                                                Price of the Dolby Cinema ticket
                                                Time it starts

                                                • Terence Hikawai
                                                  Terence Hikawai  2 days back


                                                  • Dennis Dougherty
                                                    Dennis Dougherty  2 days back

                                                    Well that kinda blows that this is a stand alone movie. Wanted to see Pattinson and Joaquin go at it. 😟

                                                    • Bobby Machado
                                                      Bobby Machado  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                        The mouth on his hand from suicide squad is cool

                                                        • drosera88
                                                          drosera88  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                            Too much blah blah blah.

                                                            • Ballsweat McGee
                                                              Ballsweat McGee  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                                nothing can kill my hype for this

                                                                • Angela S
                                                                  Angela S  2 days 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  2 days 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  2 days back

                                                                      This generation ruin everything

                                                                      • YxngFTW
                                                                        YxngFTW  2 days back

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

                                                                        • Angelo Farrell
                                                                          Angelo Farrell  2 days back

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

                                                                          • Coiled Steel
                                                                            Coiled Steel  2 days back

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

                                                                            • Susan Appleby
                                                                              Susan Appleby  2 days back

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

                                                                              • Reyes Regime
                                                                                Reyes Regime  2 days 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  3 days back

                                                                                      I predict hot garbage.

                                                                                      • Caroline Mohr
                                                                                        Caroline Mohr  3 days 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  3 days back

                                                                                          We all know Heath is the one true Joker

                                                                                          • Dan Sapphire
                                                                                            Dan Sapphire  3 days back

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

                                                                                            • mohan kumar
                                                                                              mohan kumar  3 days back

                                                                                              Just watch the movie, people.

                                                                                              • howard bonds
                                                                                                howard bonds  3 days back

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