It has been one of the highlights of Eternals like the imperious and arrogant Druig, but if you want to see him at his scariest, watch The slaughter of a sacred deer (in which he appears opposite our new Penguin, Colin Farrell). You can easily go from his performance in this film to seeing him as a marked psychopathic supervillain – in fact, arguably. the greatest comic book supervillain of them all.
But here’s the thing: There are currently two other Jokers circulating in the DC Cinematic Universe. There’s the Oscar-winning version of Joaquin Phoenix we met in the 2019 movie. Joker, and there’s the famous Jared Leto edition, which debuted in 2016 Suicide Squad and appeared earlier this year in the bonus sequence “Knightmare” of Zack Snyder Justice League.
Is there such a lack of imagination within the DC movie making factory that their Batman movies always default The Joker just like the Superman movies, on the whole, focus on Lex Luthor? or General Zod as villains?
On the one hand, we got it: Matt Reeves reinvents several of the Caped Crusader’s heavyweights in The batman. Not counting TV shows or animated films, this will be the first time we’ve seen The Penguin and Riddler (Paul Dano) onscreen since 1992 and 1995, respectively. By the time the movie comes out and gives us Zoe Kravitz’s take on Catwoman, it will be almost a decade since Anne Hathaway has described her in The dark knight rises. We are especially happy to see Oswald Cobblepot and Eddie Nygma / Nashton return to theaters.
We’re sure Reeves would like to try out his own take on the Joker as well. The character is too rich, dangerous, and electrifying to ignore. But the Dark Knight Rascal Gallery is often cited as one of the two best in the business (along with Spider-Man’s), and since we’ve seen The Joker a few times over the past few years, why come back to it all? following?
Scarecrow, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze – they’ve all been played in movies before, but we wouldn’t mind seeing new versions of any of them (especially Ivy and Freeze). Same with Black Mask (we don’t care much about the Ewan McGregor edit in Birds of prey). Meanwhile, there are villains like Hugo Strange, Hush, Clayface, and even the Mad Hatter (admittedly he would need a substantial makeover) who have yet to appear in a Batman movie.