The upcoming release of DC's Joker movie has stirred controversy over the iconic villain's potential to incite real-world violence. That controversy has stirred debate about who Joker is, and whether or not Joaquin Phoenix's origin story is any more threatening than previous Joker movie performances that have come before it. Well, thanks to one Batman fan that matter is no longer up to speculation and debate - there are some actual statistics to put behind it! As you can see below, a new infographic breaks down just how many crimes and acts of violence various versions of The Joker have committed in various Batman movies.
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The infographic tallies all of the crimes each live-action movie Joker has committed (From the Cesar Romero to Jared Leto). On top of that, the chart tallies the average prison sentence for each of the crimes committed, in order to come to a total tally of how much jail time each version of the Joker would get. (Note: the chart comes in both versions of the US and UK legal systems. The US version is displayed above.)
Not surprisingly, Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight would end up in the slammer for the longest stretch of time - 2,445 years, to be exact. To be fair though, every single version of Joker has done enough in the respective Batman movies to end up in jail for the rest of his life. Each Joker actor can feel satisfied that he's done the character proud.1comments
CALCULATED: The Rap Sheet of Every Joker to Ever Appear on the Big Screen
With over 30 counts of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted murder, armed robbery, and an additional 16 other serious crimes committed, it is Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight that racks up the longest prison sentence.
Totalling over 2,445 years in the US, and 574 years in the UK, Heath Ledger’s Joker is officially the worst criminal incarnation of the Joker in the film franchise’s history.
Cesar Romero’s portrayal of the Joker in the 1966 Batman feature film would receive the shortest prison sentence at just 314 years, with the bulk of that sentence coming from 15 counts of kidnapping (225 years total).
To view the full set of crimes committed by each Joker in cinema history, please view the infographics attached.
To view additional data, including the deadliest Batman in history, please go HERE.
Upcoming DC movies include Joker on October 4th, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020, The Batman on June 25, 2021, The Suicide Squad on August 6, 2021, and Aquaman 2 on December 16, 2022.
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