In a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker outranks Jared Leto’s portrayal by a wide margin.
When the late Heath Ledger was officially cast as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, a number of fans were vocally displeased with the choice and the filmmaker’s new take on the classic Batman villain. Of course, Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker is now widely regarded as the best live-action portrayal of the iconic character and garnered numerous awards, including a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Conversely, the first official reveal of Jared Leto’s Joker in David Ayer’s The Suicide Squad was not well-received and the actor’s performance as the Clown Prince of Crime was also unfavorably received by many. Now, the results of a new poll conducted among 2,201 adults between June 6 and 9 reveals feelings towards Heath Ledger and Jared Leto’s respective portrayals of the Joker remain unchanged after all these years.
Among those surveyed, 60% chose the “very favorable” option when asked to give their impression of Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, just slightly ahead of the 58% earned by Jack Nicholson’s take on the character. However, Jack Nicholson’s Joker outranks Heath Ledger’s version in terms of net favorability with +74 to the latter’s +72 score.
On the other hand, only 18% of those surveyed had a “very favorable” impression of Jared Leto’s Joker, far behind Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson’ respective performances. In terms of net favorability, Jared Leto’s Joker only managed to garner a +18 score.
Now, the torch has been passed from Heath Ledger and Jared Leto to Joaquin Phoenix, who will offer fans another new take on the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips’ Joker.
“Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker will be released in theaters on October 4, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More
Photographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.
The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.
You can check out the images in the gallery below.
Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.
The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.
Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.
Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.
Source: Clay Enos