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Willem DaFoe wants to play Joker and he has a very cool idea for making it work

January 18th, 2022 by Marc Comments

With the DC movies potentially heading for three incarnations of The Joker on screen, with rumours being Barry Keogh’s character in the upcoming The Batman will be revealed to be Joker, it seems that one long-running fan-favourite for the role has been giving the role a little thought.

Willem Dafoe is very much in the public eye at the minute due to his return as Green Goblin in Spider-man: No Way Home and he’s been doing interviews about the role and other roles he’d like to do.

Of course, DaFoe is an incredibly accomplished actor and can turn his hand to arthouse, action movie, and anything in between.

But there’s one role he seems to be interested it… The Clown Prince of Crime himself, The Joker.

He’s been told for years that he’s perfect for the role – if you google it, there’s so much fan art of him in the role, it’ crazy – and it’s got him thinking what he’d like to do in the role… and it’s great.

“There is something interesting about, like, if there was a Joker imposter,” he says.

“So it would be possible to have not duelling Jokers but someone that says to be the Joker that isn’t the Joker. And that kind of opens up the possibility of an interesting story, particularly if you had Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, and then you had someone who was either imitating or riffing off what he did. I fantasised about that. But other than that I am not talking to anybody [about it], you’re the first one.”

It’s interesting because, while I loved Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Joker, I always felt that, if he was to fit into a wider universe with Batman in it, then it would serve the story better if he was a proto-Joker, the character who opens the door for the real character and, with the recent Three Jokers story in the comics, having several Jokers in any particular universe isn’t that much of a stretch… DaFoe opposite Phoenix’s Joker, or even Leto’s, would be something to see and a truly unique way to portray the character on the big screen.

Or just give DaFoe his own Joker project because, as he proved with Spider-man: No Way Home, even at 66, he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Would you like to see Willem DaFoe as Joker? Let me know…

Source: GQ

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….