Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad broke the internet, but why?

Published by Daniel Bennifer on May 2, 2015 1:17 pm

Appearance of Joker in forthcoming film Suicide Squad played by Jared Leto has become one of the most-controversial topics of discussion since its reveal last month.

It was a week ago when director David Ayer (End of Watch, Fury) teased a sneak peek at Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody) as The Joker in upcoming supervillain film Suicide Squad, since then, it’s been a hotly debated topic among comic fans. What I’m struggling to see, though, is just why?

Yes, the appearance wasn’t what I was expecting either. Let’s be honest, who was expecting it. It’s a radically different take on The Joker, that’s for sure. Is it really that bad though? I’m not ruling it out quite yet.

My reasoning is pretty simple – the world of comic book adaptions has been pretty hit and miss. And that remains true for The Joker. He’s been re-imagined numerous times in both film and television. We’ve had the good and the bad. Let’s not forget how controversial it was to cast the now-beloved Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger into the role.

People are too quick to judge something at little more than face value (in this sense, it’s literally that – which is all we have to go on). Let’s at least wait to see some footage before we judge.

Personally, I’m already expecting to enjoy Jared Leto’s performance more than that of Cesar Romero’s which I quite honestly couldn’t enjoy. Perhaps it was the over-the-top campy nature of the portrayal, though.

Putting that aside, though, The Joker is only one character in a large, star-studded cast. Joining Jared Leto as The Joker is Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Ben Affleck (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Jai Coutney (Captain Boomerang), Cara Delevingne (Encantress), Will Smith (Deadshot), Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jim Parrack (Deathstroke), Ike Barinholtz (Hugo Strange) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Killer Croc).

Speaking of which, on a personal level, I’m more concerned about Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. But, that’s a topic for another time.

Essentially, the point is simple – he’s going to be a relatively small part, of an overall ensemble cast. Sure, he’s likely going to become a larger part of the overall universe as DC Comics continues to expand its movie presence even further than it already has, but it could turn out to be another memorable, top-notch Joker performance. Don’t count Leto out yet. Let’s give the guy a chance.

Suicide Squad will hit cinemas on August 5, 2016 in the United Kingdom and United States.

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What’s being said...

  1. Robert (May 2, 2015 9:12 pm)

    I’m actually kind of liking this look….I don’t understand the fuss.

    • Daniel Bennifer (May 4, 2015 6:37 pm)

      As noted, I’d agree with you on that, for the most part. There’s a few minor things I’m not completely digging, but, I’m at least waiting to see how the performance turns out.


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