5 actors who could play The Joker in The Batman

JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “JOKER,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise.
JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Arthur Fleck in Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and BRON Creative’s tragedy “JOKER,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise. /
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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 28: Lakeith Stanfield attends the premiere of Warner Bros Pictures “Joker” on September 28, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images) /

Lakeith Stanfield

For the last year or so, Lakeith Stanfield has been on a one-man campaign to play The Joker. Not only has he publicly said that he wants to play the character – in a film directed by The Safdie Brothers, interesting enough – he showed up to The Joker premiere while rocking his own Joker makeup and he flat-out said that if no one wants to cast him in the role, he’s willing to make his own Joker movie.

The fact he said he wants to say he wants to play The Joker for The Safdie Brothers is especially interesting because one of the most lauded films those brothers directed was Cannes Soundtrack Award winner and Palme D’or contender, Good Time, starring Robert Pattinson in a dark, dazzling performance that showed audiences he was more than just a pretty face from Twilight.

While Matt Reeves makes for an ample alternative to the Safdies, this speaks to what kind of gritty performances Stanfield wants to bring to the table if he’s basing the Safdies as a template. Sounds very interesting indeed.

Plus, as we mentioned earlier, we could very well see three Jokers in theaters all at the same time. Reeves is going to need to find a way to differentiate his Jokers from the rest of the pack. So do something groundbreaking: Give us the first ever Black actor to play The Joker in live action form.