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JACK NICHOLSON’S JOKER VOTED NUMBER ONE ON THE LIST OF ALL TIME BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE VILLAINS

April 11, 2018

Jack Nicholson’s 1989 portrayal of The Joker has been voted the best-ever film version of a comic book villain, according to a new survey.

He narrowly beat out Heath Ledger’s acclaimed 2008 depiction of the same character to claim the top spot. Nicholson’s twisted turn as Batman’s infamous nemesis was selected number one by 23 percent of those polled, just ahead of Heath Ledger’s performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Danny DeVito’s demented rendition of The Penguin in 1992’s Batman Returns came third place in the poll of 2,000 people. In the same survey conducted through OnePoll.com, the overwhelming majority also voted for the worst ever comic-to-screen baddie.

That dubious honor went to Arnold Schwarzenegger for his appearance as Mr. Freeze in 1997’s Batman & Robin. His performance was littered with cheesy ice-based catchphrases like “Allow me to break the ice” and “Chill out!”

TOP 10 COMIC BOOK MOVIE VILLAIN PORTRAYALS

1. Jack Nicholson – The Joker, Batman

2. Heath Ledger – The Joker, The Dark Knight

3. Danny DeVito – The Penguin, Batman Returns

4. Gene Hackman – Lex Luthor, Superman I & II

5. Tom Hiddleston – Loki, Thor and Avengers films

6. Ian McKellen – Magneto, X-Men films

7. Tom Hardy – Bane, The Dark Knight Rises

8. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Mr. Freeze, Batman & Robin

9. Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad

10. Terence Stamp – General Zod, Superman