Jared Leto is the Suicide Squad’s Joker
There is only one iconic, fictional clown that has a dual relationship of love and hate with society. He’s known as the Joker. Now, let’s start with a little background information about this psychotic clown. Whether you’re a new or long-time crazed fan, a little history never hurt anyone.
The Joker started out as a little criminal called Red Hood before he became the infamous clown he is now. Three men by the names of Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson created the Joker in 1940. This happened during the inspirational appearance of Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs (1928). At first, Finger did not approve of using the clown (created by Robinson) alongside Batman (created by Kane), but later changed his mind.
It has been 75 years since the first Batman #1 came out with the newest villain. Within these 75 years, there have been at least 16 versions of the Joker, with the most popular versions played by Mark Hamill, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger.
Mark Hamill, once known for his role as Luke Skywalker, voiced the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series (video game). Hamill’s vocals within the game are considered to be quite possibly the most memorable of all the Joker’s voices. To even further the proof, when Hamill is not cast for a Joker role fans tend to become upset. On a side note, releasing in 2016 is Batman: The Killing Joke (another animated Batman film) Hamill has been cast as the Joker.
Now onto Jack Nicholson who was the Joker in Tim Burton’s (1989) Batman movie. He is also known for playing the iconic role of Jack Torrance in Stephen King’s (1980) The Shinning. According to CNN, Nicholson was a huge comic fan when it came to Batman. His role as the Joker was practically a dream come true. He even bought his purple suit for the role at the price of $70,000. It was Nicholson that defined the role of the Joker for future actors, such as Heath Ledger.
Heath Ledger, first known for playing William Thatcher in (2001) A Knight’s Tale and his Oscar nominated role as Ennis Del Mar in (2005) Brokeback Mountain, became quite famous when playing the role of the Joker in (2008) The Dark Knight. This was his last role before he accidentally overdosed in his apartment on prescribed medication. It has been questioned as to whether the clown killed Ledger. Obviously, the Joker is an imaginary character, but theories have risen as to whether Ledger’s mind became so overwhelmed with the presence of the clown, that it resulted in Ledger’s death. The reasoning behind this was in the upcoming months before his role in The Dark Knight, Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for little over a month. He kept a diary to himself for his role. Besides the written information about the Joker within the diary, no one truly knows what happened inside those walls.
Ledger’s time as the Joker created a reincarnated version of the clown. Nicholson brought to light the psychotic comedian while Ledger painted a darker version which drew out the real insanity within. As popular as Nicholson’s version of the clown was, it has been debatable as to whether he or Ledger was the best Joker. Ledger was nominated for numerous awards for his performance, and won almost all of them. This included a BAFTA, a Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe, a SAG, and an Oscar. On Quora, a woman by the name of Heidi McDonald, answered a question about the difference between Nicholson and Ledger’s Jokers, and which was better overall.
Since The Dark Knight, there has not been a huge Batman movie with the Joker in it until now. Suicide Squad is coming to theaters on August 4, 2016. The clown will be played by Jared Leto, a man of many talents. Jared Leto has become a familiar face within history as both a former musician and current actor. He was the lead vocalist of the band, 30 Seconds To Mars, as well as their songwriter and rhythm guitarist. Since then, he’s performed in numerous films such as American Psycho (Paul Allen), Panic Room (Junior), Lord of War (Vitaly Orlov), and now Suicide Squad.
Since joining the acting history of the Joker, Jared Leto’s position has been questioned as to whether or not he will make a good clown and please the previous versions. According to Jai Courtney, Leto has not stepped out-of-character since starting the production. This is not the first time Leto has put as much hard work into a character. According to UPROXX, Leto has put a lot of research into the character.
Many are looking forward to the outcome of Leto’s Joker. Come August 4, 2016, audiences will determine whether or not Leto will bring the Joker to life once more and cause another favorite among the fans. Here’s a trailer for the Suicide Squad, with Leto at the end. The video itself seems good, but the ending with the Joker can send shivers down anyone’s spine.
Here’s some sneak peak photos of Leto and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn)
Here’s a personal opinion side note: From the glimpses of Jared Leto’s Joker, I feel Leto will bring together both Nicholson and Ledger’s Joker, and create a masterpiece. I personally feel that Ledger’s Joker was the best, but only because I prefer the darker versions of things. However, from the video, it seems as though (speculation) Leto will bring the insanity from Ledger and the psychotic comedy from Nicholson into the Suicide Squad’s Joker. I am quite excited for the movie, and hope to write a review on it.