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“I’ve got other things to do”: MCU Star Willem Dafoe Rejected Playing Joker in James Gunn’s Failing DCU

MCU Star Willem Dafoe Rejected Playing Joker in James Gunn’s Failing DCU

In a recent installment of the Wired Autocomplete Interview, Willem Dafoe finally addressed the question that has kept fans on the edge of their seats. “Will Willem Dafoe ever play the Joker”? The anticipation had been building since Robert Pattinson’s debut as Batman, and the internet was abuzz with curiosity about Dafoe’s potential involvement in the iconic role. So much so, that he already had been fan cast in a Youtube edit that has garnered millions of views.

But to the disappointment of his eager fans, Dafoe’s response hinted at other priorities on his horizon. While he didn’t outright dismiss the idea, his ambiguous answer left fans wondering about the exciting possibilities he may be exploring outside the realm of the Joker.

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Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home (Credit: Marvel/ Sony)

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“Will Willem Dafoe ever play the Joker”?

From Heath Ledger to Joaquin Phoenix, the realm of Joker actors has been ever-changing, and each has left a lasting impact with their unforgettable performances. With Joker 2 in production with Phoenix, fans are engaged in heated debates about the potential of witnessing Willem Dafoe as DC’s beloved villain in the future.

The burning question of whether Dafoe would consider taking on the role has become an incessant topic among enthusiasts, and it was only a matter of time before it emerged during the very famous Wired interview. When asked about the possibility, the Green Goblin actor responded,

“I doubt it, it’s not the worst idea in the world, but I’ve got other things to do too”.

Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe (Via Google)

While new Joker roles in live-action Hollywood may not be on the immediate horizon, the possibility of Dafoe eventually taking on the iconic character cannot be ruled out. Throughout the years of DC projects, the Joker has been recast numerous times, with each actor delivering performances that are remembered for a lifetime. Thus, although it might not happen anytime soon, there remains a chance that Dafoe could one day portray the fan-favorite villain that everybody so eagerly desires.

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Willem Dafoe is Much More Interested To Play the Joker Imposter

In a candid interview with British GQ, the Oscar-nominated actor, Willem Dafoe, made a surprising revelation about his stance on playing the infamous villain, the Joker some time back. Contrary to fan speculations, Dafoe expressed his disinterest in portraying the Joker character itself.

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker
Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (Credit: WB)

Instead, he expressed a desire to take on the intriguing role of a Joker imposter in a movie. This unexpected twist opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for the talented actor in the DC universe. He said,

“There is something interesting about, like, if there was a Joker imposter,–So it would be possible to have not dueling Jokers but someone that [claims] to be the Joker that isn’t the Joker. And that kind of opens up the possibility of an interesting story, particularly if you had Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and then you had someone who was either imitating or riffing off what he did.”

Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home
Willem Dafoe as the supervillian Green Goblin in Spider-Man: No Way Home (Credit: Marvel/ Sony)

While the actor may not be a complete stranger to playing supervillains, it seems like for the time being the fans are in no luck. However, they are now eagerly anticipating the possibility of seeing him take on the intriguing role of an imposter facing the Joker.

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Source: WIRED

Written by Sampurna Banerjee

Sampurna Banerjee is an ardent pop-culture enthusiast and a movie lover. Thus, working as a writer for Fandomwire. The latest tidbits about the entertainment industry never go past her eyes. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.