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10 Actors Who Could Play Joker In The New Batman Trilogy

With the news that the Joker will, once again, be terrorizing Batman in Robert Pattinson’s new trilogy, we’ve decided to look at ten actors who could possibly take on the task.

Bill Skarsgard

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Bill Skarsgard has already proven himself to be worthy of playing a sinister clown.

Skarsgard took on the role of Pennywise in the recent It movies.

Instantly, he went down as a horror icon, terrifying the entire audience, as well as the members of the cast.

Skarsgard has the acting chops and the age to take on the role of the Joker against Pattinson.

James Franco

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James Franco is another one of those actors who silently keeps proving himself as talented.

Some of his more unheard of roles are great pieces of work and he plays crazy well.

If Franco was to be given a chance at the role of the Joker, we wouldn’t be surprised if he delivered a truly impressive performance.

Iwan Rheon

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Iwan Rheon has already made a habit of getting cast as villains.

He was Maximus in Inhumans, the despicable Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones and he even once played Adolf Hitler.

Rheon is the guy we love to hate and his performance of Ramsay Bolton already has all the elements needed for a great Joker.

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Bradley Cooper

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Bradley Cooper has already shown great love for superheroes and the world of DC. He even executive produced Todd Phillips’ Joker movie.

What could be a great career move for him is to land himself the role of Batman’s greatest villain.

Not only would it be a surprising change of character for him, but it would also add a huge name to the already great cast.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor that could play Joker in Batman Trilogy

I mean, what else is there to say about DiCaprio that we don’t already know.

Having found fame early on, DiCaprio has been smart enough to pick and choose his roles.

It’s only every other year or so we can see him in a movie. And those movies are always hugely successful.

Although it would be almost odd for him to suddenly take on a franchise, it’s also something he hasn’t really done before.

The timing of DiCaprio’s career and the role of the new Joker might have perfectly synced up.

Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp is no stranger to franchises.

We all love him as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. Some even enjoy his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, although he has been horribly underused.

Depp may want another stab at playing a more successful villain and the Joker could be that perfect role.

The Joker is just the kind of crazy Depp looks for in a role.

Jake Gyllenhaal

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Jake Gyllenhall has become similar to DiCaprio, in that sense he now seems to be able to pick and choose his roles.

His role as Mysterio was a welcome surprise and shows how adept he is at playing the villain.

He was once close to landing the role of Batman, so perhaps seeing him as the Joker isn’t too far from happening.

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Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey has quickly grown into a much-loved actor.

After ditching the romcoms and taken on more serious roles, his acting ability has only strengthened.

However, he has been off-screen for a little while and perhaps needs another big role to bring him back into the spotlight.

With the sheer talent behind him, McConaughey would not disappoint as the Joker.

Christoph Waltz

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Waltz has made a living out of playing bad guys.

Whether it’s the evil Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds or the iconic Blofeld in the James Bond series, Waltz clearly has a lot of fun being bad.

Although his age might take him out of the running, seeing an aged and established Joker takes on a young, presumably, naive Batman would be an interesting take.

Willem Dafoe

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Willem Dafoe has been everyone’s choice for the Joker since, well, forever.

It would finally be a dream come true if he had the chance to bring the character to life.

And, with his The Lighthouse co-star playing the Caped Crusader, perhaps it’s not too much to ask to get Dafoe onboard.

It’s hard to imagine who could fill the Joker’s shoes this time around. However, it’s clear we have a slew of talented actors just waiting to give us a performance of their lifetime.


Written by Oliver Swift

Oliver is a London-based writer who contributes to FandomWire, Animated Times, the Curzon Blog and Ollywood Reviews. His favourite superhero is Hawkeye and his favourite superhero movie is 'The Lego Batman Movie'.

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