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Actors Who Were Nearly Cast As The Joker

Fans of the Joker talk a lot about favorite interpretations of the character, but what about the actors who only almost took the role? We will probably never know how some of these guys would have played the clown prince of Gotham City, but it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?

The late Robin Williams topped many a fanboy’s wish list of actors who would have made a perfect Joker, and it’s easy to see why. With his chaotic, manic comedy style, the man practically was the Joker.

As it turns out, the comic book fan who most wanted to see Williams play the Joker was Williams himself, according to Empire Magazine. In a 2010 interview, he claimed he was offered the part in Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, but he was, in his words, “screwed” out of the role. Warner Brothers reportedly always wanted Jack Nicholson for the part, and used Williams’ interest as a bargaining chip.

Years later, Williams worked with Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan in Insomnia, and according to IGN, once again expressed his desire to play the Joker, saying,

“Oh God, I’d love to do that one.”

Needless to say, Williams never ended up getting the role.

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