Stepping into an iconic role has to be daunting for any actor, especially one with a rich history such as comic’s clown prince of crime. Without going into the long debate over who is ‘the best’ Joker, we can add one more name to the debate. Michael Emerson, best known as the ultra-creepy Ben Linus from LOST or Person of Interest‘s calculating Harold Finch, has been revealed as the latest to bring the villain to the screen in the forth coming animated The Dark Knight Returns . Talking with TV Guide, Emerson lets us in on who is behind the grin.
“He’s one of those great villains that an actor like me likes to play because he has layers — he has a face for the world and a face for himself,” Emerson said. “He is, in a way, a villain who is a natural actor. All of that is that is delightful and confounding at the same time. It’s freeing because of the largeness of it. When he laughs, there’s nothing subdued about it. When he screams in rage, there’s nothing controlled about it. The amp is turned to 11 at all times.”
Joining Emerson on The Dark Knight Returns is Peter Weller as Batman/Bruce Wayne, David Selby as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter as Robin, Wade Williams as Two-Face and Michael McKean as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. As for where Emerson will sit on the grand scale of Joker performances, we’ll have to wait till September 25th when the film is released on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms. Well, that is when part 1 is out, part 2 is expected sometime in February of next year.
You can check out the latest trailer after the jump. Sadly it is Joker free.
source: Coming Soon