October is almost here and we can’t wait for the Joker movie. The Clown Prince of Crime always has a couple of staples across his onscreen appearances and none more important than that haunting laugh. Fans have already had a small dose of Phoenix’s cynical laugh.
Living up to the standards of previous Jokers
Standing up to the names of the previous Joker players is not so easy. For his part, Cesar Romero is a huge reason why the character enjoys the visibility that he does today. Phoenix had to go a very unconventional route to arrive at the performance of the Joker’s signature laugh.
“I started [with the laugh],” Phoenix explained, “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.”
The Clown Prince Of Crime
The unhinged nature of the Clown Prince of Crime is something that the comics have increasingly investigated. The significant task ahead of Phoenix was finding his version of The Joker’s laugh. Both Mark Hamill’s mad cackle and Ledger’s slow, methodical “ha ha ha,” demanded the audience’s attention.
“The character is a completely insane madman, with green hair and a great smile,” Leto told recently. When asked about his take on the signature laugh, he said it was a challenge.
Leto shares his journey of “The” laugh
“You know, when I got asked to play The Joker, I don’t really have a big, precarious laugh personally,” Leto told us. “So I was a bit terrified. This is a guy who’s laughing, and laughing in a way that’s very unique. So I worked on it, and worked on it, and came up with something that… is very strange, I admit.”
Joker will be the latest cautionary tale about the iconic DC Comics villain. The film will not share any connections with the larger DC Extended Universe. Phoenix will star as Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into madness turns him into the villain.