Jack Napier better known by his supervillain name, The Joker is the main antagonist of Tim Burton's 1989 superhero film, Batman. This iteration of the character is a mobster under the employ of crime boss Carl Grissom who falls into a vat of acid at Axis Chemicals after an encounter with Batman. He was also responsible for Thomas and Martha Wayne's murders.
He was portrayed by Jack Nicholson, who also portrayed Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Why This Incarnation of the Joker Rocks
- This is one of the few versions of The Joker to have a known first and last name, and known origins.
- Jack Nicholson does a phenomenal and unsettling performance as the "Clown Prince of Crime." to the point where it feels like he's playing an exaggerated version of himself.
- Nicholson's role is incredibly faithful to his comic version.
- His comical factors don't get in the way of his crime profession and he still shows himself to be a very deadly opponent.
- The version was given a huge ego and an inability to tolerate others taking the spotlight from him, which surprisingly fits well with his character.
- Even though the film's about Batman, Napier (both pre and post-Joker) steal the show whenever he's onscreen.
- He has a thing for various one-liners during his various murders.