Netflix crowns Batman villain The Joker as the best villain ever and they double down daring us to name a better one!
Today Netflix extended a quite unusual dare to all of their readers on Twitter. They posted this short video featuring Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which is arguably the best version of The Prince Clown of Crime in recent years. The video shows the best moments of the Joker in the movie: from the pencil trick on the mob, passing through Bruce Wayne’s conversation with Alfred Pennyworth on his maniacal and murderous persona, and finally showing that hospital explosion scene, which Ledger improvised almost entirely mind you:
Name a better villain. I'll wait. pic.twitter.com/XSmOFdxB86
— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) February 6, 2019
Answering Netflix’s dare, many people on Twitter started to name their favorites. MCU’s Loki, MCU’s Thanos, Star Wars‘ Darth Vader, Jessica Jones‘ Killgrave, and Daredevil‘s Kingpin are some of the villains mentioned. However, Netflix makes a strong point nominating Ledger’s Joker as the most prominent villain ever. The Dark Knight helped to revive the superhero genre back in 2008 and we can argue that thanks to Christopher Nolan, movies like Logan, Man of Steel or Aquaman were made; a point can even be made that the Marvel Cinematic Universe owes these Batman movies their success.
In any case, Ledger’s Oscar-nominated performance went down in history as one of the moments that the Academy recognized worthiness in a superhero flick. His portrayal as the Prince Clown Of Crime is still very much imbued in the pop culture and it will for years to come.
Who’s your favorite comicbook villain? Comment down below!
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Top Actors To Replace Ben Affleck In Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’
Ben Affleck is officially out as Batman and it's a pretty sad day.
Words cannot describe how sad I am to see Ben Affleck announce that he's no longer Batman. His Batman is why I do what I do. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I fell in love with his comic book-accurate interpretation of the Caped Crusader. It was a breath of fresh air and it felt like we finally had the one true Batman.
Three years have quickly sped by and we're officially going to receive a new Batman for his next movie. Last night, Ben Affleck announced that he will not return as the Dark Knight in Matt Reeves' The Batman and now everyone's attention has moved towards wanting to know who the next Bruce Wayne will be. Matt Reeves is said to want an actor that's around 20 years younger than Affleck while Warner Bros. wants someone older. My guess is that Reeves wants a fresh start while the studio wants an older actor for crossover potential.
In this list, I will discuss the actors I think can replace Ben Affleck as Batman using the parameters that Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. want. Hit Next to see our picks to play the Batman.
Michael Fassbender is an X-Men alum and no stranger to comic book franchises. The actor has shown multiple levels of range and could definitely handle the Batman/Bruce Wayne personality. If they go with the older range for the next Dark Knight, then Fassbender is probably one of the best choices to take over the role.
Ben Barnes is out of a job after The Punisher season 2 and he's one of the best actors in that series. The second season tied up Barnes' arc on The Punisher and the actor has already told us that that he'd love to play the Caped Crusader. Barnes definitely has the pretty boy look going on for him and I wonder what his take on Bruce Wayne could be.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: Ryan Gosling needs to star in a superhero movie. I've always thought Gosling would make a great Batman. Every role that he's done has shown us his capability and he could crush it as Bruce Wayne.
Jon Hamm is my top choice for an older Batman. If Warner Bros. wants to cast an older actor for crossover potential, Jon Hamm is the studio's best bet. He has a similar look to Ben Affleck, and c'mon, the guy's look just screams Bruce Wayne.
Armie Hammer is 32 years old and was cast as the Caped Crusader in George Miller's Justice League: Mortal. That film will never see the light of day, but that doesn’t mean that Hammer doesn't deserve a second shot at being the Batman. He's charming, broody and will probably give his all for this role. Armie Hammer is a great option because he's young enough for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. could work in a way for him to crossover with the rest of the DC Extended Universe.
Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden is my top choice to replace Ben Affleck as Batman. The actor is young, has the look and definitely has the acting chops to play the duality of Batman and Bruce Wayne. Madden just won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television series for the BBC drama Bodyguard, so Warner Bros. may want to quickly snatch him up.