A creepy concept design pictures Aquaman star Willem Dafoe as the Joker to replace Joaquin Phoenix on the big screen.
While Joaquin Phoenix gave an incredible performance as Arthur Fleck in Joker, a huge number of fans have always suggested Aquaman star Willem Dafoe as a great candidate for the role. His huge filmography has proved that he’s got the acting range to pull off difficult roles and it’s hard not to wonder what he’d bring to the Clown Prince of Crime. The star will next be seen as Vulko in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but many would like to see him join The Batman in a future film.
A rumor surfaced online earlier this year that director Matt Reeves is looking to introduce the legendary villain in the second film of the upcoming franchise, and this concept design pictures what the actor could look like in the iconic clown make-up. Given his acting versatility (Spider-Man, Antichrist and The Lighthouse, for example) Willem Dafoe as the Joker is an intriguing idea. The design from Jaxson Derr on Instagram shows off the sinister glee the Aquaman star could bring to the role to replace Joaquin Phoenix, take a look below.
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Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:
Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.
Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.
Joker is now available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding Aquaman and Willem Dafoe, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content in the future!