ByDane Bossey, writer at
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Dane Bossey

Let's face facts. The late Heath Ledger will probably go down in history as the greatest Joker of all time. No offence to Jack Nicholson fans, but Ledger's performance as the Clown Prince of Crime is one of the most amazing pieces of work we will ever see in our lifetime. That being said, Batman is being rebooted, and there cannot be Batman without his arch nemesis. Superman is getting his main villain in the movie with Lex Luthor being portrayed by Jessie Eisenberg, (just for the record I think Bryan Cranston should have gotten the role. Heisenberg>Eisenberg) so it's only fair Batman gets his. Can we just have a CGI Joker and have Mark Hamill do the voice? He's busy with Star Wars? Okay then, I guess I have to make my top ten picks of actors who could possibly replace Ledger as the Ace of Knaves.

10: Christoph Waltz

After seeing Django Unchained, Waltz quickly became one of my favorite actors. If you have seen Inglorious Bastards, you can see why I put him on this list. After all, the Joker is a villain that we love to hate! Christoph Waltz has the right amount of swagger and charm, plus the insanity to be the Joker. The only reason he comes in so low on this list is because I don't know how well a foreign Joker would work, but he just might be able to pull it off! If not, he'd make one awesome Riddler!

9: Russell Brand

Can you see it? It's okay if you don't. A lot of people didn't think Heath Ledger was a good choice when he was cast. You may think Brand only can portray himself with a hat, but he would disagree. And so do I! He is actually a highly intelligent and talented individual. Not to mention he's hilarious and all sorts of crazy. Just the traits we're looking for in the Joker! If given the opportunity, I think he would blow us away with a completely reinvented Clown Prince of Crime that would fit very nicely in the new Justice League universe.

8: Mads Mikkelsen

It's a shame we can't put Anthony Hopkins in a time machine, send him back to his Hannibal days, throw some makeup on him and yell "GO!". But don't worry, there's a new Hannibal in town, and he too is quite frightening. Mads Mikkelsen says he plays Hannibal as if he were playing the devil himself. That's the type of guy we need playing the Joker!

7: Aaron Paul

You probably know him as Jesse Pinkman from Breaking Bad, but Aaron Paul might just be perfect for the role as the Joker. Stick with me here. He's 34, so he's the right age. Also, on Breaking Bad Aaron played a villain protagonist, or depending on how you look at it, an anti-hero, and yet we were always rooting for him. If they want to go the back story route with the Joker this time around, there's no better choice(You know, the 'normal criminal falls into vat of toxic and comes out as the Joker' thing?). Paul has the right amount of charm, edginess, and crazy that would make him an awesome Jester of Genocide.

6: Shia Labeouf

Okay, I get he says that he's retired, or not famous, or something weird and crazy... Wait a second! Weird and crazy! That's what we need! He might not be Heath Ledger, but don't tell me you can't see him running around with the makeup on and wreaking havoc on Gotham. Also, whether you like him or not, he's an entertaining actor. Let's just say he's the villain "Batman vs Superman" deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

5: Jamie Foxx

A black Joker? I don't see why not! We've already seen the late Michael Clark Duncan portray the Kingpin in Daredevil, and Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot, proving that it is not out of the question for classically white comic book characters to be re-imagined for films. And what better way to step out from the giant shadow that Ledger has cast over the character than by completely re-imagining it? Foxx plays Electro in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so he's no stranger to super villains. If given the role, the Joker would be in more than capable hands. And as an added bonus, he's already got the purple suit!

4: Hugh Dancy

Dancy is Will Graham on Hannibal, and he plays a good guy psychopath amazingly well. But what if he threw on some makeup and decided to be a villainous, murderous, psychopath? Whew! Just felt a shiver run down my spine. The only problem with Dancy being the Joker is he looks a little too much like Ledger, and we need the character reinvented. Not copied. That being said, I still think Dancy could pull off one mean Joker.

3: Christian Bale

Christian Bale may be done with his days as The Dark Knight, but how would he feel about putting on the makeup and switching sides? He's proven time and time again he is willing to go above and beyond to get into character. And if you've ever seen American Psycho you know just how capable Christian Bale is of being the Killer Clown.

2: Matthew McConaughey

Alright, alright, alright! McConaughey is on top of the world right now after winning an Oscar. Could somebody with his star power outshine Heath Ledger's portrayal of Batman's greatest enemy? Nothings impossible, and with McConaughey's charm, humor, and proven ability to play dark characters, he just might be the man to do it.

1: Johnny Depp

He's proven he's willing to put on the makeup and play psychotic characters. Now the only problem is getting him to sign the dotted line and play the Joker! If anyone on the planet can revitalize the Caped Crusader's sworn enemy, it's Depp.

Honorable Mentions

Willem Dafoe

He's a little long in the tooth, but Ben Affleck isn't exactly a young man anymore either. And just look at his face! It's creepy as all hell. Not to mention he's proven he can be a great super villain after his performance as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man. He's definitely worth a look.

Christopher Walken

He's too old now, but back in his heyday he would have been one heck of a Joker.

Matt Damon

Okay, this one is just for fun! But imagine best buds Ben Afflek and Matt Damon going head to head for the foreseeable future. Judging off the casting for the movie so far, nothing is out of the question!


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