Best Joker: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix

  • Published on Oct 6, 2019
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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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  •  18 days ago +776

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

    • Dope
      Dope 4 days ago

      @1966Zodiac ye ikr?

    • Mike Cool
      Mike Cool 4 days ago

      I think u dont have to compare this two

    • Doğukan Ayan
      Doğukan Ayan 6 days ago

      Come on phoenix joker better

    • Davon Griffin
      Davon Griffin 7 days ago my favorite joker who is the one from the movie

    • Kami Sama Loves Me
      Kami Sama Loves Me 8 days ago

      I recommend you all go watch Film Theory latest video on The Dark Knight Rises

  • Christopher Bishop
    Christopher Bishop 21 hour ago

    I think instead of seeing who had the better voice, I feel you should've compared their jokeresque mannerisms. Such as Ledgers hospital bomb scene when the remote didnt work and Pheonix's shooting scene. Both scenes were fantastic and definitely captured joker very well.

  • Michael Song
    Michael Song 21 hour ago

    The third factor is "scheme"? I feel like this video was specifically designed to give Ledger the win. Why didn't the video consider Joker's most important factor? The chaos one creates? And in that case, Ledger wins (duh).

  • Kenallen Channel
    Kenallen Channel 21 hour ago

    Both of em are equally perfect joker’s

  • AkritiRajput
    AkritiRajput 21 hour ago

    People keep forgetting that if anything these movies are chronologically different.This movie is literally the birth of joker and how he then uses the chaos to his advantage and becomes a criminal is another story. So if you see the gap between them two it's only because of much character development required to go from I am just a man with a mental problem that I laugh suddenly to I can use people and their greed to rob banks. I don't think we can compare them because both tell a different story. Nonetheless both deserve Oscar.

  • Peter Vaitupu
    Peter Vaitupu 21 hour ago +1

    Sorry Heath always. The Joker I'll always remember

  • Freed
    Freed 22 hours ago

    Jared leto's joker is the the greatest joke ever

  • Your Loss
    Your Loss 22 hours ago

    Batman The Animated Series was the shit! 👑

  • Toni Capone
    Toni Capone 22 hours ago

    You just can't compare the two. Apples to oranges. They played the same character but to different degrees. They're both great but I could not compare the two. It just seems so wrong. Movies are way too different.

  • Ben Perez III
    Ben Perez III 22 hours ago

    Very fucking cash grab and stupid to compare the two obviously different incarnations. That’s like comparing a ice cream cake to a wedding cake. They serve two purposes to drive two different narratives. I loved both of them so much very stupid to compare them they are both jewels. You did this for clicks because Mojo is a cash grab site now

  • Rialyn Chan
    Rialyn Chan 22 hours ago

    all i can say is jared leto sucks.

  • unkown 34X
    unkown 34X 23 hours ago

    the dark knight... it's still the best batman movie! with joker. man.... F*** the guys who though making this horrible movie in 2019 was a good idea :/

  • Mike Lopez
    Mike Lopez 23 hours ago

    Ledger is the greatest Joker

  • Jonathan Magana
    Jonathan Magana 23 hours ago

    who would literally win in a fight tho

  • Jonathan Magana
    Jonathan Magana 23 hours ago

    heath ledger is the best joker and will always be the best he isolated him self just to get in character a thing not phoenix would do yes he’s creepy but the joker isn’t creepy he’s a crazy man that plays with death

  • unkown 34X
    unkown 34X 23 hours ago

    heath! hands down!

  • john gattlin
    john gattlin 23 hours ago

    Phoenix was more realistic,Ledger was more theatrical,while I loved the larger than life and epic feel of heaths version you have to appreciate how joaquin portrayed someone so desperate and broken inside that it drove them to act on their own internal madness,both were amazing versions of the character but for different reasons

  • Diego Alonzo
    Diego Alonzo 23 hours ago

    Taxi driver is better

  • ramsey malae
    ramsey malae 23 hours ago

    guys just pick. im for ledger. something about his conviction gets to me

  • Dinesh Solanki
    Dinesh Solanki 23 hours ago

    Health ledger

  • Gary Weeks
    Gary Weeks Day ago

    Truthfully the only reason why the dark knight was a hit is because of Ledgers death because the movie itself was shit.

  • MrTicTic
    MrTicTic Day ago

    Who gave watchmojo permission to judge this ? 😂😂😂

  • Phoenix R
    Phoenix R Day ago

    Imagine thinking Ledger's Joker is better

  • Mandy d'Nadie
    Mandy d'Nadie Day ago

    Of course Phoenix's voice didn't always appear as "Joker." He wasn't actually JOKER until the third act of the movie!
    Ledger, on the other hand, was Joker for the entirety of The Dark Knight.

  • Mandy d'Nadie
    Mandy d'Nadie Day ago

    Please note that whatever Joker competition is going on... NEVER FORGET JEREMIAH VALESKA! Cuz even though he was never "named" as Joker, we all knew he was the Joker and a damn good one at that.

  • Jon Candy
    Jon Candy Day ago

    I honestly felt this joker was a mix between 1960s joker and jack Nicholson s joker, with a little Frank Miller on top.

  • Jake NHale
    Jake NHale Day ago

    So easy for me. Heath ledger is the joker in my eyes lol:. Joq ain’t bad tho

  • Ashley Morris
    Ashley Morris Day ago

    Joaquin joker voice didn't always feel like Joker.
    Did you even watch the movie, or just the trailer?

  • MagnusAce
    MagnusAce Day ago

    Not gonna lie Phoenix make up wasn’t that bad , I actually liked it a lot , I loved how one of the triangle would drip down to his lips like he was tearing up from one eye. It just looked badass imo

  • Op C
    Op C Day ago

    wtf why isn't Jared Leto here?

  • Why So SERIOUS ?

    When he is upto his dad👈

  • Nacho guy Nachos

    Nothing beats the original

  • Gerardo Lopez
    Gerardo Lopez Day ago

    I must say Joaquin Phoenix was Magnificent, but Heath Ledger was the Joker, the Terrorist... Both Realistic, Both Amazingly Played!

  • Megan Ziggler
    Megan Ziggler Day ago

    Heath was more entertaining however the jacquain was more serious.

  • Paula Fiorotti
    Paula Fiorotti Day ago

    Heath Ledger,no comparison,no contest.

  • Daniel Haider
    Daniel Haider Day ago

    Heath is JOKER 🔥
    Phoenix is Arthur ...

  • Money Man
    Money Man Day ago

    Totally different story lines 🤦‍♂️ there Both amazing and perfect! Tomato tamato

  • Chloe Grossman
    Chloe Grossman Day ago +1

    "I just doo things."

  • Tim Tim
    Tim Tim Day ago

    I don't agree Phoenix' make up is more clown like, its more joker like, as in the playing card joker, that make up IS joker make up, not a clown. And anyway starting off neat & getting messier as one descends into madness is very much expected.

  • Corinne
    Corinne Day ago

    Joaquin being compared to Heath irks me. Heath literally slept 2 hours a day to resonate the joker. He purposely ate like 1x a day, did his OWN makeup, and sleep less than 2 hours on set to play this part. The fact that one of his last films is compared in general irritates me

  • Boris Sheen
    Boris Sheen Day ago +1

    I knew there'd be some douchebag making this video. they're both great, leave it be.

  • TaylorMade 3
    TaylorMade 3 Day ago

    Laughing for no reason is one symptom of psychosis.

  • RussianBot [Lvl 9001]

    As if the joker would not evolve or change his clothes in 20 years??? You can’t compare the two.

  • vinita singh
    vinita singh Day ago

    For me Phoenix was the best......that last interview scene..making smiley face with blood..dancing on stairs..killing those 3 pathetic men n walk for the first time with confidence..n many more scenes are stuck in my head .ledger was entertaining joker but Phoenix joker is real n affect you deeply truly masterpiece

  • laurence devaney

    personally Phoenix did the "real life version" and heath was comic book style. I found his take iconic(Phoenix) Heath though is the comic style version. both in Gotham yet this new spin on the way to show a comic story awesome

  • Darth Vaderous
    Darth Vaderous Day ago

    While these two are the most iconic versions of the Joker in movie format, Mark Hamill is king. Whether it's the various cartoons, animated movies, or video games, Hamill is that character. When you read a comic book you read Joker's lines as Mark Hamill.

  • Adriana
    Adriana Day ago

    You can’t even compare them. They were two completely separate and amazing takes on the joker.

  • Holly Chart
    Holly Chart Day ago

    Honestly I think Joaquin was better. You said that he didn’t have the typical joker makeup or voice but both those things were there for a reason.
    Voice: he was constantly saying how society today was so uncivilised and how everyone yelled at each other. Him being more polite and calm in an unnerving way just backs that up.
    Makeup: the classic clown makeup is the same as his previous clown job, and Thomas Wayne calls everyone who is less fortunate ‘clowns’ therefore that type of make up is fitting
    They’re both amazing and yeah they both play the joker at different times in his life but for me Joaquins joker was so much more interesting to watch, I was always trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t and why he was doing certain things

  • P U F F
    P U F F Day ago +1

    You can tell they wanted to say, being iconic... Heath ledger takes the win.

    Stupid fucking channel

  • Why So Serious
    Why So Serious Day ago

    The best villian ever

  • Ray Dingo
    Ray Dingo Day ago

    You can't compare the two based on your stupid analysis emoji. One wanted to be a criminal and the other one was doomed bc of circumstance....

  • finn chiss
    finn chiss Day ago +1

    I like to think of it that joqain pheonix is joker when he first becomes joker and heath ledger is him aged years and years of time. That's why Batman is a kid in the joker and he's an adult in the dark knight

  • Snake 777
    Snake 777 Day ago

    Who's the best joker ? Easy .. Joaquin phoenix.

    He came out of that shit alive.

  • Rosendal Jr.
    Rosendal Jr. Day ago

    i think it's hard to choose who's best because it's like Joaquin IS Heath in the beginning of Joker you know? Joaquin is where it starts and Heath is later on
    (sorry for my bad english)

  • Holy testicular cancer Batman!

    Apparently people can't have opinions.😂

  • Jared
    Jared Day ago

    Nah best joker is the Lego one

  • Stefan eg
    Stefan eg Day ago

    So basically ledger was better in everything but we gave phoenix 2 rounds to make this video interesting

  • JC_Gaming
    JC_Gaming Day ago

    Jack Nicholson is the best joker LMAO

  • Jester Channel
    Jester Channel Day ago

    Heath Ledger is the best for me 💀💀 Cause he is the most dangerous 🤣psychoatic🤯🤪 villain since I was a kid and now.

    One more he is the first original Joker🃏

  • Myo Eptesicus
    Myo Eptesicus Day ago

    Now it's difficult to know who's the best