The Clown Prince Of Crime is undoubtedly Batman's greatest nemesis, and arguably the greatest comic-book villain of all time. Despite the vast array of rogues available to screen and comic-book writers alike, the finest Batman stories are inevitably those in which the Joker is pulling the strings. The yin to Batman's yang, you can't help feeling that both men would be lost without the other. After all, they're not so very different are they?
To our minds, the character has already received three iconic portrayals on the big screen. Heath Ledger's version is probably the most terrifying, while Jack Nicholson brought plenty of charisma to proceedings, and Mark Hamill's animated version is probably the most faithful to the comics. It would be a difficult character for future filmmakers to return to, unless they were to present an entirely different version, such as the aged-up antagonist of
The Dark Knight Returns