Cesar Romero played the Crown Prince of Crime in the 1960s Batman TV series and its spin off - Batman: The Movie (1966). The actor camped it up with the best of them to make his Joker one of the most popular comic-book icons ever and boy did he succeed!
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT JOKER #1?
Romero's Joker had a moustache hidden (rather badly) under his white face paint. To some this might seem a minor point, however it was only one such as Romero who could pull it off...
...and this was simply because he refused to shave his face fuzz.
If a painted lip tickler is not something truly worthy of the Joker, then nothing is.
In addition, Romero's Joker was arguably the most charasmatic Bat-villain to grace TV screens during the 1960s, with only Frank Gorshin's Riddler as competition.
Is there a better Joker?
Joker #2 was played by Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton's landmark superhero movie Batman (1989). The actor appeared in just one Bat-movie, yet his Joker became the biggest comic-book movie villain for almost 20 years.
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT JOKER #2?
With his highly publicised private life and his extensive portfolio of crazy performances Jack Nicholson was born to play the Joker. Chewing up the scenery with more relish than a binge in Burger King, Nicholson's Joker not only stole the show when it came to crazed villainy, he overshadowed Batman in his own damn movie!
From the moment he underwent plastic surgery following a dip in toxic waste, to his often quoted line "wait til they get a load of me", Nicholson's Joker grabbed the audience's attention like no other. His Joker was humorous, deadly, insane, completely untrustworthy and extremely creepy. On the other hand, Nicholson's Joker was the perfect antidote to co-star Michael Keaton's Batman, who was more of a loon than the Joker was.
Jeez, at least the Joker always seemed happy.
Joker #3 was played by the Heath Ledger in the extremely popular (and simply fantastic) movie, The Dark Knight (2008). The Joker was one of Ledger's final roles before he sadly, and very suddenly, died in 2008.
WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT JOKER #3?
Joker #3 was a force to be reckoned with and like Jokers #1 & #2, Ledger's Clown Prince of Crime was an icon of his time. Ledger's Joker was iconic, not because he was 'the Joker', but because he was so unique, so wild, so dark.... and yet, so mesmorising.
Ledger's performance was a complete one of a kind, creating a character who could weave his way through the film's story just long enough to cause chaos wherever he went. When Ledger was initially cast in the role many fans criticised the decision, fearing he wasn't the right actor for the role, however they soon changed their minds once he appeared on screen.
When The Dark Knight was released in 2008 the film became a phenomenal success and made a shed load of cash at the box office. The reason for this was because audiences kept returning to theatres to watch the movie again and again. And the reason they kept returning was because of the Joker.