LaKeith Stanfield has made it known that one character he wants to play in the future is the classic Batman villain, the Joker.
While on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote The Photograph, Uncut Gems and Knives Out, Stanfield discussed his attendance at the premiere of Joker, where he dressed up as the iconic character. “I just like dressing up and I also love the Joker, so there you go. You got both things,” he said, according to Complex. He also talked about how much he wants to play the character in a film, saying, “I’d love to play the Joker. That’d be beautiful.”
The praise Joaquin Phoenix got for the role only made Stanfield want to play the character more. “That makes me go, ‘Wait ’till they see me do it,'” he said, adding that he has made his own movies of himself playing the character. “All you gotta do is dress up and make your own,” he said. “Why not? I still had the makeup on so I was like, ‘Let me just keep going with it.'”
Stanfield isn’t the first star to want to put their own stamp on a classic character. Recently, Jharrel Jerome revealed that he wants to play the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in an MCU film. Before him, Donald Glover had an entire campaign to play the first version of Spider-Man, Peter Parker.
While Glover’s campaign might’ve helped him be cast as Morales’ uncle in Spider-Man: Homecoming, other actors have also been able to play versions of classic characters, such as Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU. Originally Fury was a white character in the comics, but he has since been retconned into a Black character. Most recently, Jurnee Smollett-Bell is playing a retconned version of Black Canary in Birds of Prey. In short, it’s not impossible for Stanfield to play the Joker in a future film if the right people come along who want to bring a different dimension to the character.
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