To get my bias out of the way, Lakeith Stanfield is my favorite actor working today. However, I don’t think that my love for is work is completely unfounded. I think he is a profoundly talented actor with an incredible range of character work. He’s able to go from the distinguished and intelligent detective in Knives Out to the hustling player in the streets of Uncut Gems. Or a misunderstood and broken kid in Short Term 12 to a brainwashed and deranged man in Get Out. The list goes on and on of phenomenal and incredibly varied performances of: Sorry to Bother You, Atlanta, Photograph, Selma, Straight Outta Compton, etc. He even stands out with good performances in otherwise despised films like the Netflix adaptation of Death Note.
The reason I bring all of this up is because it’s recently been brought to my attention that he’s been quite vocal about wanting to get a chance at taking on the character of the Joker. And I think it’s obvious that I’d be ALL FOR IT! He’s proven himself as an actor who can take on any role and I think he deserves a chance in the Matt Reeves trilogy that’s coming up. His passion for the character mixed with his talent as a performer makes him the ideal candidate in my eyes. I’m curious to hear your guys’ thoughts on him hypothetically taking on the role? Do you have any hang ups? If so, why/what are they?
Here’s a clip of him talking about his interest in the character:
And here’s some fan art made by ApexForm on Instagram to give you an idea of what he could possibly look like: