The Marvel Universe is ready to gives us a female Hulk in the form of Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany. As might be expected, there’s indications that DC could be following suit with a gender twist of their own. A new piece of fan art makes the first speculation and envisions Anne Hathaway in the role.
BossLogic piggybacks on Anne Hathaway’s role as the Grand High Witch in Roald Dahl’s, The Witches. The scars already cut into her face, BossLogic teased out the hair and added the necessary highlights throughout his photoplay. Bright green hair matches her snake shaped collar, deeper incisions mark the pain in her soul and a form fitting purple frock puts the X chromosome squarely on our next possible Joker.
Here’s the poster for The Witches that was used to turn Anne Hathaway into The Joker…
The character first appeared in the Batman No. 1 comic book in April 1940 and was created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson. The deranged villain was inspired by German film star Conrad Veidt and his title performance in a 1928 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs.
Of course, Cesar Romero memorably took the role off the page and gave it plenty of camp in the 1960’s. Jack Nicholson then took it up a more professional notch and has since taken very dark turns with Heath Ledger, Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix.
An alternate universe is required for this Anne Hathaway changeover, though. Fortunately, DC Flashpoint has already provided the new frontier. Joe Chill murders the young Bruce Wayne instead of Martha and Thomas, and as a result of the atrocity, the surviving victims diverge. Thomas becomes Batman and Martha morphs into the Joker.
Nonetheless, Anne Hathaway has already earned her chops as a villain in DC.
She played opposite Christian Bale in the Dark Knight. On the other hand, Anne Hathaway’s haughty Grand High Witch wouldn’t need many tweaks to add a sarcastic spin to Joker.
Either way, hero and villain could be star-crossed for some serious couple’s therapy. More realistically, latent sexual tension and former martial bliss opens avenues we haven’t seen from these rivals if Anne Hathaway did end up as Joker.
Robert Morgan of Community Telltale prefers to take the whole Anne Hathaway as Joker thing on a chilling face value, however. “Evil clowns are bad enough, but evil FEMALE clowns are a whole other level of wrong,” he joked.
Of course, there will probably be many hardcore fans who will stand pat against the very idea of Anne Hathaway as Joker. Queen Geek of NothingButGeek is one of them, but she hopes her reasoning doesn’t stir all the woke among us. The origin story detailed in Batman: The Killing Joke just doesn’t lend itself to a female Joker. according to her. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” she wrote.
The frenemie story of the Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn would also go out the window if Anne Hathaway is cast. A lot of fans see no reason to mess with that.
Canon aside, the possibility of a Anne Hathaway as a female Joker should trump the details in the estimation of Dan Zinski of Screen Rant. “There’s no doubt that a gender-swapped Joker would create major cultural waves while representing yet another triumph in Hollywood’s quest for more diverse casting,” he asserts.