Willem Dafoe Was Supposed To Be Our Joker In 1989


Batman fans across the world would say that they feel that Jack Nicholson’s take on the Joker was the best version of the Crown prince of crime, right next to Mark Hamill and Heath Ledger. When the casting was going on in 1989 for the Batman movie, Nicholson was not the only one who was on Tim Burton’s list.

While he was speaking about his Oscar nomination for The Florida Project, Dafoe had thrown light on a few of his iconic roles and some roles that he did not get a chance to take up and this included Batman’s nemesis, The Joker.

“[Screenwriter Sam] Hamm said something about how physically I would be perfect for the part,” Dafoe had said, “but they never offered it to me.”

Nicholson then played this part, and he is celebrated to date for his portrayal of the character.

Although Dafoe did not get the chance play Joker, he did get a few other opportunities in the world of comics. Marvel fans would know that took on the role of Norman Osborne, (Green Goblin) in Sam Raimi’s 2001 Spider-Man movie. This character’s suit was not great, but his performance was just epic.

Dafoe recently got a stab at DC Comics, and he is now playing Nuidis Vulko in Aquaman. This character was supposed to make an appearance in Justice League, but the scenes had been cut in the final version.

Aquaman will release on December 21, 2018.