Discussing :: Who portrayed the Joker better: Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger?


I can only speak superlatives of Ledger, who is mad-crazy-blazing brilliant as the Joker. Miles from Jack Nicholson's broadly funny take on the role in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, Ledger takes the role to the shadows, where even what's comic is hardly a relief.


They were both great! Totally different takes on the same character within movies with a different style and with different directors.


Yeah, it isn't really a fair comparison as the Jack N version was a way more camp a take on the Batman mythos. I prefer Health Ledger as I think he added a reality to the villian and was a really scary sociopath. Jack, however, played the comic book character. Who was truer to the comics (prob Jack?) who played a better performance (Health?) but was he given better material?


I am going to go with Jack, though they were both good. Heath was a bit dark for me.


depends as when Jack played the joker it was an awesome performance of the time it was made. Heath portrayed a brilliant joker of our modern time.


Although the Michael Keaton Batman movie was faff, it's not even a question!! Jack Nicholson hands-down over Heath Ledger who probably got a massive sympathy vote because of his untimely demise. It is a pity that they did not get Jack Nicholson to reprise his Joker role in The Dark Knight...


Heath Ledger for sure, he was a great actor, just such a shame that he is no longer around.


I heard they both have the same voice-over actor in Italy. So one generation got a Jack Nicholson Joker and one got a Heath Ledger joker but they both sounded the same. Kinda cool. Or creepy.


I think both for different reasons although I do think Heath is amazing!!


Unfortunately Heath could not forge a legacy as the Joker but based on one performance and the potential it showed I think he deserves the mantle as the best- he practically reinvented the wheel.

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