Now, this might be something you want to laugh at, but we urge you to refrain… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! There seems to be a very real chance that Oscar winner and 30 Seconds to Mars front man Jared Leto will play Gotham’s craziest and most terrifying troublemaker, the Joker, in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which of course was announced as the first in DC and Warner Bros’ line of shared-universe films to follow Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Joker was apparently not included in Justin Marks’ original draft of Suicide Squad, but Ayer is expected to do a rewrite that would wedge in the Clown Prince of Crime into the proceedings. Since Harley Quinn is in it, it only makes sense that Mr. J would show up at some point.
Jared Leto might not be what most people think of when they think of the Joker. That’s it. End of that sentence. He HAS, however, been trying to find his way into a superhero film to follow his Academy Award win earlier this year for Dallas Buyers Club. He was apparently very interested in starring in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which supposedly is going to Benedict Cumberbatch, and since that didn’t happen, the actor has been talking with folks at the Double-You Bee.
If cast, Leto will be only the fourth actor to play the character in a live action feature, following Cesar Romero in 1966’s Batman: The Movie, Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman, and of course Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, which won him a posthumous Oscar in 2009. This will be the first time the character would appear in a feature film that doesn’t bear Batman’s name or moniker in the title, nor, we expect, him at all in the movie (although, probably Batfleck will have a cameo).
For our money, the best choice for the Joker would have been Michael Pitt, who basically auditioned for the role by playing the psychopathic Mason Verger in season two of NBC’s Hannibal. He’d have been FAN-TASTIC. Still, we mustn’t judge before anything actually happens, and Leto is a compelling and versatile actor, so he may very well be fantastic.
What do you think? Let us know if Leto’s the clown you want or if not, who WOULD you like to see at Batman’s purple-clad nemesis?
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