Joaquin Phoenix, The Joker

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With his leading role in the upcoming film JokerJoaquin Phoenix is the fifth actor to portray DC Comics' clown prince of crime, aka Batman's nemesis, in person on the big screen.

Todd Phillips' new movie explores the Joker's origin story. A trailer for Joker was released on Wednesday.

The remaining four actors to play the Joker on the big screen are the late Cesar Romero, who played him in a 1966 movie based on a hit live-action series, Jack Nicholson, who starred in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the character in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, and Jared Leto, who played the role in David Ayer's 2016 film Suicide Squad.

In addition, Zach Galifianakis provided the voice of the Joker in the Lego Batman Movie, while several other actors, such as Star WarsMark Hamill, have portrayed the Joker on various Batman animated shows, as well as in video games.

See photos of actors who have portrayed the Joker over the years.

Cesar Romero, The Joker, Batman

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Jack Nicholson, The Joker, Batman

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Heath Ledger, The Joker, The Dark Knight

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Jared Leto, The Joker, Suicide Squad

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Joaquin Phoenix, The Joker, Joker

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Cameron Monaghan, The Joker, Gotham

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Zach Galifianakis, The Joker, The Lego Batman Movie

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Mark Hamill, The Joker, Batman: The Animated Series

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Jeff Bennett, The Joker, Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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John DiMaggio, The Joker, Batman: Under the Red Hood

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Brent Spiner, The Joker, Young Justice

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Michael Emerson, The Joker, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

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Troy Baker, The Joker, Batman: Arkham Origins

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Steve Blum, The Joker, Lego Batman: The Videogame

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Kevin Michael Richardson, The Joker, The Batman

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The new film Joker is set for release on October 4.

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