Despite having some of the biggest names in the DC brand being doubled and tripled in movies and shows, fans are still calling for one of the most beloved villains of all time.
The Joker is easily one of, if not the most recognizable antagonists in the comic book genre. On the page, on-screen, or in theaters, the Joker is always the topic of conversation when he enters the frame.
The Batman's recent DC FanDome trailer has increased the hype around the Robert Pattinson-led Batman flick, and many have already begun to envision what this franchise could become. With Paul Dano playing Riddler and Colin Farrell transformed into Penguin, the fan castings for the rest of the Batman rogues gallery are already in place.
Obviously, Joker is oftentimes the first name out of everyone's mouth when pairing a villain with an actor. One of the more popular fan castings for the Clown Prince of Crime has responded to the call from fans to see her in green and purple.
Kristen Stewart Shuts Down Joker Rumors
In a recent interview with Variety, Kristen Stewart was made aware of a recent internet surge of support to have the former Twilight actor be cast as Joker in a future Batman project. Stewart's response may not be exactly what fans wanted to hear.
"Umm, I mean I love the energy behind that. But, yeah, dude, it's really been done so well. I feel like, maybe, we don’t traipse over, but I love that gusto. Let’s figure something else out. I’m totally down to play a freaky, scary person."
Stewart went on to express her lack of interest in one of Hollywood's most coveted roles.
"Well, no, not the most stoked I've ever been, let's do something new."
There is no word on a sequel to The Batman down the line. But if there is, it might be a safe bet that Stewart would not be putting her maniacal laugh into the film.
Pattinson and Stewart Taking on DC in Different Ways
Reunions are always special, and there are surely herds of fans who want nothing more than to see Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart return on screen. And the concept of that reunion taking place as two of the biggest and most rivaled fictional characters of all time? That is enough to get a hashtag going.
Both Stewart and Pattinson made their names as the lead stars in the wildly successful Twilight saga. And while both of them are surely thankful for that vault into superstardom, they have both been working ever since to ditch the Twilight typecasting. Both have achieved that in the arthouse genre with non-blockbuster performances that have solidified themselves as top-tier acting talents.
Pattinson getting the role of Bruce Wayne was a huge step forward in his career as he had the opportunity to once again lead a tentpole franchise. Stewart would surely be going to join him on that journey but in a role that she is more excited about. While fans may be disappointed about Stewart's lack of enthusiasm toward the fan casting, they should be pretty happy with her reasoning.
Stewart has a point about Joker. First brought into the mainstream by Jack Nicholson in 1989 and then skyrocketed into Academy Award history by Heath Ledger in 2008, The Joker is easily one of the most sought-after roles in Hollywood. After a less-than-stellar reception for Jared Leto's take in 2016's Suicide Squad, many believed the role should have resided with Ledger and his Oscar-winning performance.
Joaquin Phoenix made this interesting by giving a stellar performance in the clown's first solo film, Joker. This introduced the question of the Joker and Batman sharing the screen again and who would be behind the painting.
Stewart would surely play an incredible Joker and bring a unique and fresh take to the historical character. But she wants to bring something new and fresh to a character that fans maybe don't know as well. Paying respect to the Jokers of the past is a solid move by Stewart that leaves the door open for her to enter the Batman universe being set up by her former Twilight co-star.
The Batman releases in theaters on March 4, 2022.