ByLuke Gordon Smith, writer at
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Luke Gordon Smith

The Clown Prince of Crime, Batman's arch nemesis, the Joker has remained through the years as one of comic's greatest villains. From his green hair to his shiny purple suit, the Joker is one of my favorite villains as well. Since there have been many Batman movies, there have to be a lot of Jokers, from Caesar Romero to Jared Leto. Heath Ledger is my personal favorite, but there have been so many others that have been considered for the role as the Clown Prince of Crime. Here are 10 actors who almost stole the role:

1. Sam Rockwell

This actor was one of few considered to play the Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. He has had a little experience playing a villain in 2008's Iron Man 2. But in my opinion, I think they made the right choice with Ledger.

2. Willem Dafoe

In my opinion, I think Dafoe would have made a better Joker in Tim Burton's Batman than Nicholson did (just my opinion). He looks incredibly like the Joker, and even though the picture at the top is recent, he still would have looked incredible.

3. David Bowie

Another actor considered for the role as the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman, Bowie would have made a great Joker with his humor and acting capability. Sadly though, he was not chosen.

4. Adrien Brody

I am a fan of Adrien Brody, and in some ways, I think he would have made an amazing Joker in The Dark Knight. He said, before it was announced, that he was one of the final few to be considered for the role. And I think that he would have added a different twist than Ledger did.

5. Paul Bettany

Many people think that Paul Bettany would have made a better Joker than even Heath Ledger. It was thought at the time that Bettany was the front-runner for the role in The Dark Knight. So when it was announced that Ledger took the role, many comic book fans were disappointed.

6. John Glover

John Glover isn't shy when it comes to playing (or voicing) villains. Not only did he play a doctor in Batman and Robin, but he also voiced the Riddler in Batman: The Animated Series, and Lex Luthor's father in Smallville. He was also considered to play the Joker.

7. John Lithgow

Yes, that's right, Dick Solomon himself almost became the Joker in the 1989 Batman movie. Surprisingly, he turned down the role because he didn't think he fit the part.

8. Robin Williams

One of the most surprising actors on this list, Robin Williams was considered for the role in Tim Burton's Batman, and again in The Dark Knight. But surprisingly he didn't make the cut either time.

9. Lachy Hulme

One of the least known actors on this list, Hulme was rumored to have gotten the role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but it was later reveled to be just a rumor.

10. Tim Curry

Ironically, Curry voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, but was kicked out by Mark Hamill. He was considered for the role as the Joker, but was passed down.


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