No less an expert on archetypes than Dr. Jordan Peterson has called Batman's nemesis The Joker the perfect embodiment of "chaotic evil." He's also said that Heath Ledger's portrayal of the comic book character in 2008's The Dark Night was the best.
Now Joaquin Phoenix is signed to take on this iconic and daunting role, in the upcoming big screen origin story.
This is great news — as long as the character is done right. (I'm looking at you, Jared Leto...)
There's more depth to the Batman/Joker saga than you might expect, and that's important:
These blockbuster films are seen by hundreds of millions of people worldwide, and help shape how they think about good and evil.