The Joker is one of the oldest villains in the history of comic books. The character was created all the way back in 1940 when he first appeared in the movie Batman and quickly became an essential reference for a villain. Throughout the years, the Joker has gone through many changes and evolutions, incarnating several versions of himself in different movies. However, with the latest Joker film, it seems actor Joaquin Phoenix has finally managed to capture the ideal Joker fans have always been searching for. With his unique personal history and natural instinct for dark characters, it seems Pheonix’s new take has finally settled the character and won our hearts. Let’s take a look back at the incredible evolution of the Joker and see how Phoenix’s personal life came to shape the latest Joker.
The Joker Becoming Art
In the 2019 hit film ‘Joker’ directed by Todd Philips and starring Joaquin Phoenix, audiences got to see some of Joker’s backstory and we must admit we are completely hooked. Finally, we get to see the man behind the facepaint and we must say it explains a lot. While critics have described the film as groundbreaking and brilliant, its important to note that only Phoenix could have delivered such an amazing performance.
When Philips got the chance to create his version of the Joker in 2019, he decided to create something that was anything but predictable. This time, he took the character and created a story that went back into the Joker’s very beginning.