Jared’s Joker Revival…

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Oh boy did we love Jared Leto’s take on the clown prince of crime in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie, it was a sublime rendering of DC’s most infamous SuperVillain. The only thing we didn’t appreciate was the fact that most of his filmed scenes did not actually appear in the finished movie, in fact he was originally cast as the big bad for the film, alongside Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress, but his role was so heavily cut, that he ended up as nothing more than a side character… Boo!

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But it appears that Warner and DC have seen the error of their ways and are looking to redress the fact… by giving Jared another chance to don the green hair and maniacal grin of the jester of genocide, with Variety reporting that he is set to star and executive produce an as yet untitled standalone movie! YES!! j

This of course is also alongside his apparent reprisal of the master of mirth in the undated Birds of Prey movie, which currently has only cast Margot Robbie, returning as everyone’s favourite mischievous minx of mayhem – Harley Quinn.

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We have written a number of times about how impressed we were with Leto’s take on DC’s titular villain, he has actually become our favourite live action version of the character ever (yes, yes, we still believe Mark Hamill’s animated variant is the greatest of all time, so please no angry comments!) Leto’s Joker was ripped straight from the comic-book source itself, an almost perfect rendition of the homicidal sociopath.

To put this statement in context, like sixties Joker actor, Cesar Romero, Leto captured the Joker’s essence both visually and narratively from the actual character in DC’s almost eight decade running Batman comics. Though we do really adore both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s take, they both gave us their own interpretation of what they perceived the Joker to be, as opposed to a specific comic book appearance.

Jared Leto’s Joker is ripped straight out of the comics themselves, predominantly from the 2014 Batman: Endgame by master scribe – Scott Snyder…

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‘Batman: Endgame’ was a six issue long story arc released in 2014, written by Scott Snyder and pencilled by Greg Capullo. It features the return of Batman’s arch foe, who had not been seen in comics since the 2012  ‘Death of the Family’ storyline. Endgame was written in conjunction with Batman and the Joker’s 75th anniversary and explored the discordant bond the characters shared throughout their tumultuous history.

Leto’s Joker appears to be drawing heavily from Snyder’s storyline, again both visually and narratively. I also see a lot of similarity with Grant Morrison’s version of the Joker from the 2009 story arc ‘Batman: RIP’, again his visual look seems honed from Mr J’s appearance in this fantastic tale.

So, are you as excited as we are for Leto’s re-emergence as the Joker? sound off in the comments below, fellow fans of fantastic fiction…

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Posted on June 7, 2018, in Comics, Comics in film and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I also loved his portrayal although I seem to be the only one in my house lol. I’m glad he’s getting his own movie!

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    • Hi there, yes indeed he really is the epitome of the Clown Prince of Crime to me, as I mentioned in the post I have loved all the other versions brought to the big screen by Nicholson, Ledger etc but they never really capture his insane essence, Jared absolutely nailed it… can’t wait to see him reprise the role. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, have a most awesome day! 🙂

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  2. i think he did a great job its a shame so man scenes of his were cut!

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    • Hi there, I agree he was absolutely fantastic as Mr J, great to hear that he’s getting another couple of chances to show that he is the king of the live action Jokers. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. 🙂

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  3. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what he can do with such an iconic character with more screen time. 🙂 It was such a bummer that his role in Suicide Squad was cut down so much. I really enjoy Jared Leto as an actor, so it’ll be cool to see where he can take his performance with more scenes/time on screen. 😀

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