“Willem Dafoe as the Joker! Willem Dafoe as the Joker.” For the longest time, fans have been campaigning to see the American-Italian actor as The Clown Prince of Crime in a Batman film.
Dafoe’s facial expressions, his look, his build, his voice, and, of course, his laugh are perfectly suited for the role. There’s just something sinister but playful behind his dark, piercing eyes.
Although we’ve seen in the DCEU before (he played Vulko in Aquaman), his talents seemed wasted on a less important role that doesn’t truly showcase his acting range.
A Youtube video by Muhammad XAchraf (with 1.8 million views and counting), however, gives us a glimpse of what Willem Dafoe could like like as the Joker. And it’s as spectacular as we imagined.
At 65, Billy (as he was known in his childhood) is a little older than the character has been portrayed in films, comics and animated TV shows. That’s also older than Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck, who was said to be around 32 to 33-years-old. That said, we’ve seen a Joker in his late 50s in some of the comic books too.
So is Willem Dafoe too old to play Joker? Yes and no.
The actor recently gave an absolutely brilliant performance alongside Robert Pattinson in the critically acclaimed film by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse. Personally, seeing the two play bitter enemies alongside each other again would be a dream come true. There’s something special about their chemistry onscreen, and it’s definitely something that could carry over to a Batman and Joker film.
I’m pretty sure nobody would object to seeing Dafoe take on this role, especially considering the amazing job he did in 2002’s Spider-Man as Green Goblin.
Seeing him in the powered face with green hair and dark red lipstick in the video above certainly leaves a strong impression. If you weren’t rooting for the man, you probably are now.