A fan imagined what Bill Skarsgård could look like as The Joker in a sequel to The Batman. Perhaps the most anticipated project in the ever-changing DC universe, Matt Reeves’ The Batman will once again reboot its titular hero. Robert Pattinson will play a young Bruce Wayne navigating the early days of his vigilante career in Gotham.
The Batman will feature a slew of characters from the caped crusader’s rogues’ gallery. Paul Dano is set to star as The Riddler, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman. Peter Sarsgaard has also been rumored to appear as Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face. As these villains inhabit The Batman’s plot, they will undoubtedly challenge our hero morally and intellectually, sculpting him into the seasoned “World’s Greatest Detective.” One villain presumably not appearing in Reeve’s film is Batman’s most iconic adversary, The Joker.
Social media artist, William Gray posted images on his Instagram of what Bill Skarsgård could look like as The Joker in a possible sequel to The Batman. Skarsgård is known for taking on creepy characters, especially in the wake of his turn as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in It and It Chapter Two. Given that character’s affinity for smiles and chaos, it’s not hard to imagine Skarsgård playing the Clown Prince of Crime. You can check out the aforementioned images below.
Gray’s depiction of Skarsgård’s Joker is much closer to the character’s general appearance (from the comics/television shows) than what we’ve seen on the big screen lately. Following Jack Nicholson’s live-action portrayal in Tim Burton’s Batman, Heath Ledger re-imagined the character spectacularly for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. Ledger’s was rough around the edges; his fingers covered in paint, having hastily applied his makeup (which is often seen smeared). The popularity of Ledger’s imaginative portrayal inspired Jared Leto’s tattooed Joker in Suicide Squad and Joaquin Phoenix’s failed-comedian, Arthur Fleck, in 2019’s Joker.
The fan-cast Skarsgård Joker above is cleaner than Ledger’s; his hair neat and his makeup immaculate (minus the imprisoned version, fittingly). Appearances aside, Skarsgård certainly has the acting chops to contort his face or produce a terrifying voice worthy of Batman’s theatrical adversary. However, given the immense success of Todd Phillips’ Oscar-winning Joker (starring Phoenix), it’s unclear how and when we will be seeing a live-action Joker on the big screen again. Whether it’ll happen in a rumored sequel to Phillips’ 2019 film (that ties into the DCEU) or a sequel to Reeves’ The Batman has yet to be determined.