Best Joker: Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix

  • Published on Oct 6, 2019
  • Playing the Joker can take everything out of you, learn how Joaquin Phoenix transformed himself into the iconic character, right here!:
    The Joker... versus the Joker. Heath Ledger... versus Joaquin Phoenix. Two incredible actors … one role. Join WatchMojo as we pit the late, great Heath Ledger against living legend Joaquin Phoenix to see who gave us the superior big screen incarnation of iconic Batman villain, the Joker, from their portrayals in "The Dark Knight" (2008) and "Joker" (2019), respectively. Come along as we evaluate a wide-range of categories to determine which interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime reigns supreme. Which Joker performance is your favorite? Let us know why in the comments below!
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  •  14 days ago +713

    Learn how Joaquin Phoenix transformed himself into the Joker, right here!:

    • Mike Cool
      Mike Cool 19 hours ago

      I think u dont have to compare this two

    • Doğukan Ayan
      Doğukan Ayan 2 days ago

      Come on phoenix joker better

    • Davon Griffin
      Davon Griffin 3 days ago my favorite joker who is the one from the movie

    • Kami Sama Loves Me
      Kami Sama Loves Me 4 days ago

      I recommend you all go watch Film Theory latest video on The Dark Knight Rises

    • Ayşe Ertekin
      Ayşe Ertekin 5 days ago

      @Gerson Aaron Martinez López is it to much to ask for both

  • jayvardy
    jayvardy 5 hours ago +1

    Wrong. Joaquin was better.

  • Josh Hartley
    Josh Hartley 5 hours ago

    You got me fucked up on the laugh.

  • Help Me Reach 10.000 Subscribers With No Videos

    Pheonix played the origins of the Joker to perfection, Ledger played the prime Joker to perfection. It isn't really fair to compare. Can we all just agree both were incredible?

  • Christopher Rubio
    Christopher Rubio 5 hours ago

    Ledger didn’t even have a decent laugh tho! While Phoenix has that laugh down and creepy! Super Immersed into the characters role right down to mannerisms and stares! Idk man

  • ElTaro187
    ElTaro187 6 hours ago

    I didn't feel the Joker makiavelism and intelligence in the Joaquim's role...

  • Eduardo Ramos
    Eduardo Ramos 6 hours ago

    Stupid video as always watch mojo...maybe if you actually titled your videos correctly and talked about how they did their roles perfectly, you wouldnt get so many dislikes. THE JOKER was showing his origin stories while ledger showed joker in his god damn prime. Both were fucking great!

  • Arunabh Awasthi
    Arunabh Awasthi 6 hours ago

    Never thought that anybody would be able to match Heath Ledger’s joker. Phoenix easily matched Ledger. To me, joker felt like a true and honest prequel to dark knight only because Phoenix was able to match the stature of Ledger perfectly.
    I will deliberately leave this at tie inside my head so that I don’t feel bad for any of these 2 legends.

  • Ákos Kuli
    Ákos Kuli 6 hours ago

    Let's say I was more scared of the Ledger-shaped Joker......

  • Pritam Pandey
    Pritam Pandey 6 hours ago

    One is turning into Joker and other is already turned into it.
    So different voice and experience.
    Both are same person aren't they at different stage of their life?

  • Velocity
    Velocity 6 hours ago

    RIP Heath Ledger

  • Aron Sacks
    Aron Sacks 6 hours ago +1

  • Aron Sacks
    Aron Sacks 6 hours ago

  • Suraj Upadhyay
    Suraj Upadhyay 6 hours ago

    5:00 you think he has a plan that he is a schemer. I bet you are wrong.

  • Nick Rodriguez
    Nick Rodriguez 6 hours ago

    I was going to be so upset if they didn't give Phoenix the better laugh. His laugh was better hands down

  • HitesH Katayayan
    HitesH Katayayan 6 hours ago

    don't compare heath and phoenix both are legendary actors...

  • PitbullSubs
    PitbullSubs 7 hours ago +1

    Phönix was good but heath is in another league. Don’t be foolish guys

  • mrmat1231
    mrmat1231 7 hours ago +2

    Probably, today there wouldn't have all this hype for a joker movie with a flawless act if it wasn't for heath ledger setting the standard for the joker role years ago
    Thanks to ledger for making this and congrats to phoenix for not disappointing

  • Dimitris Papadimitriou

    What about Jared Leto?

  • Heru Irawan
    Heru Irawan 7 hours ago +1

    ledger as joker, rdj as stark, depp as sparrow, those 3 actors put their roles standard at the highest level that makes them almost irreplaceable.

  • Saf K
    Saf K 7 hours ago +1

    Joaquin phoenix did heath ledger proud both are great end of

  • Anime Point
    Anime Point 7 hours ago

    Both are legendary in their respective roles.

  • Kirsteen Jocson
    Kirsteen Jocson 7 hours ago

    Heath will always be my favorite joker, but Joaquin did an amazing job. In every category, I’d still choose Heath.

    RE APER 8 hours ago

    Just something to remind us of the legend of the

  • JoJo Beast
    JoJo Beast 8 hours ago +1

    Heath Ledger

  • Argha Majumdar
    Argha Majumdar 8 hours ago

    I can see this movie 100 times... Joker 2019...

  • Alexandra _
    Alexandra _ 8 hours ago

    It's stupid to compare those two versions, they are completly different but they are both excellent. It will depends of what you think. Personally, Phoenix is my favorite. But not the best; because there is no best, all jokers are good, but different.

  • Broli 2020
    Broli 2020 8 hours ago

    Non-sense...Jared Leto had the best performance lol

  • طه بونيني
    طه بونيني 8 hours ago

    The standards that you chosen aren't all true, and they are not the only standards. they are different jokers, not the same characters, not the same role of joker, we can't compare. the last joker is unique, there is no batman story, only joker, so you must have other standards.

  • RealityCheck
    RealityCheck 8 hours ago

    Joaquin Phoenix by a long shot. Much better film and a much better Joker.

  • Nick 488
    Nick 488 8 hours ago

    They both performed masterpieces.

  • gp g
    gp g 9 hours ago

    Poor jared leto was he was cheated by director of sucide squad

  • ThingsNatSays
    ThingsNatSays 9 hours ago

    You can’t even compare them, cus Phoenix is before he’s established as the joker and no longer uncomfortable. Ledger is already an established criminal. No longer living his awful life. Phoenix hasn’t developed yet in joker

  • Machine_Gun_Kelly
    Machine_Gun_Kelly 9 hours ago

    heath ledger for sure , new one is pretty good , but honestly i prefer cartoon ones , theyre more memorable for me

  • Rahul N
    Rahul N 9 hours ago

    Guys we xant compare with heath

  • Midnight Crimson
    Midnight Crimson 9 hours ago

    They both kick ass. But the new joker might be the best. Why? Anyone believe that there was someone out there as good as H..Ledger? This is like fighting in the ring the underdog against the champions. Still both are good. The new is insane and transforming him self into a new villain. The old joker is already the new kingpin.

  • Alpha Beth
    Alpha Beth 9 hours ago

    Joaquin Phoenix is one of the most subtle yet intense actors ever. But did anyone else feel that Heath ledger's joker wasnt even about an actor in a role?.... it was like watching a pure evil entity do its thing.

  • AweSumit
    AweSumit 9 hours ago

    I had a bad dream couple of years ago that Jerard Leto was playing Joker in a movie.. I wish it never turns into reality.

  • Andreas Scharpf
    Andreas Scharpf 10 hours ago +1


  • Xsprvt
    Xsprvt 10 hours ago

    If the Heath is still alive, I'll watch all the Batman movies they would make with Heath as Joker on it. No new Joker actor needed.

  • mochamie
    mochamie 10 hours ago

    In terms of makeup... I also love Heath's makeup
    In terms of acting.... I can't choose between Heath and Joaquin 🤔❤❤❤
    After I watched Heath's Joker, I can feel that Joker is psychopatic, but after I watched Joaquin.... I don't think I can hate Joker
    All my respect to both actors

  • FreadtheDolin
    FreadtheDolin 10 hours ago +1

    The problem was that these 2 films has different main focus. Phoenix is more into the build up to Joker, whereas Ledger was already Joker. And to compare these 2 actors, i don't think that'll do fair yet.
    But so far, Phoenix's performance reminded me of how legendary Ledger's Joker is. Phoenix's performance has shown us the deeper side of Joker, the pure motivation that drives him to pure insanity, the will that has never ever been shown on movies. And to me, he is already as Joker as Ledger is

  • Chon R.
    Chon R. 10 hours ago

    Its not even this close. Ledger being a supporting role and he being praised and awarded as such with a Oscar, and phoenix having a whole movie to be Joker speaks volumes on how much Ledger killed the Joker role. Imagine heath in this movie, he would already be garnishing Best Actor talk, I don't see phoenix being better In dark knight if the table were turned. He will always be the Joker 1.

  • Megumi Bandicoot
    Megumi Bandicoot 10 hours ago +10

    This is nonsense. Everyone knows Mark Hamill is the scariest Joker of them all.

    *Tell me, Bats. What are you really scared off?*

    *Failing to save this cesspool of a city?*

    *Not finding the Commissioner in time?*

    *ME? IN A THONG?*

  • Nash Bash
    Nash Bash 11 hours ago

    joaquin phoenix joker is officially the best joker. I want to see him in a Batman movie

  • William Simpkins
    William Simpkins 11 hours ago

    Ledger hands down! Phoenix was joker for like 16 mins

  • Scientist Creeper2
    Scientist Creeper2 11 hours ago

    The new joker laughs for no reason
    Ledger laughs for a reason and has genius plans

  • dj TEK
    dj TEK 11 hours ago


  • V A U G H N 1945
    V A U G H N 1945 11 hours ago +1

    Phoenix is better for Commodus.

  • Rashi Khare
    Rashi Khare 12 hours ago

    You can't compare them you just CANNOT do that they are both perfect in their own verse

  • Veyr Von Bowie
    Veyr Von Bowie 12 hours ago +1

    Okay but how can U compare these performances?
    Joaquin is playing the joker as he becomes the joker.
    Heath Ledger played the joker AFTER hes been the joker for a while. Two completely different performances and extremely good performances.

  • nycmanowar
    nycmanowar 12 hours ago

    I thought the Heath joker was more funny and twisted...and calculating..despite what Heath's joker says about him being a dog off the leash not knowing what to do but chase cars. Joaquin's Joker had alot of layers..mental illness problem and sad situations that helped him transition into the dark insanity of the joker's world. Joaquin's joker was more in search of love..but at the same time..when he realized that wasn't in his cards (pun intented) he became more in comfortable in his skin...and as Joker..he was an entertaining, little dancing devil

  • Lizard Of Oz
    Lizard Of Oz 12 hours ago

    This is going to start a war in the comments... I’m just gonna keep my opinion to myself

  • xt jone
    xt jone 12 hours ago +1

    Ledger is the best

  • thorbjørn mann
    thorbjørn mann 13 hours ago

    they both played the role perfectly so bad comparison

  • Johnny Marlin
    Johnny Marlin 13 hours ago

    Heath just by a nose as the best and will always be the best joker .For phoenix will probably never get a chance at a sequel but Heath didnt either.

  • Jenine Ericka De Guzman

    Their both winners

  • Richard Larsson
    Richard Larsson 13 hours ago

    Why do you even compare. Running out of ideas it seems

  • Đorđe 123
    Đorđe 123 13 hours ago

    Honor the past
    Embrace the future

  • tkgrant7
    tkgrant7 14 hours ago

    I was slightly offended by this question initially... but I get it.