Joker, Jared Leto, The Suicide Squad

First Look at Jared Leto as The Joker in The Suicide Squad

So….here it is. This is the next Joker. DC, in their cinematic universe, is certainly proving…bold. Like the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, this is polarizing and my first reaction to it was not positive. At all. But, what can I really tell of the performance and the take on the Joker Leto is going to give from this photo? Not much. It’s a bold redesign and so was Ledger’s. But the only way Ledger made us forget Jack Nicholson was untouchable and irreplaceable as The Joker was to take the character in a completely different direction. The Joker endures as the greatest comic villain because he has as many aspects and incarnations as any character in fiction. Leto has to do his own thing because any attempt to mimic Ledger, Nicholson or even going back to Caesar Romero are futile attempts to mimic a perfected incarnation of the Clown Prince. So I’m going to reserve my judgment until I see a performance, until I hear lines delivered, until I hear cadence and watch how the character lives and breathes. The Suicide Squad will be the third DCCU film after Man of Steel and BvS. It is Directed by David Ayer and also stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courteny, Common, Viola Davis and others and will release August 6, 2016.

Joker, Jared Leto, The Suicide Squad

11 thoughts on “First Look at Jared Leto as The Joker in The Suicide Squad”

  1. The Joker in the comics is out of his mind. He’ll get in there and fight you with his bare hands. Nicholson was insane in the role, but the vicious, physical quality of the traditional character was missing. Ledger’s Joker did not seem psychotic, he seemed psychopathic… it was still a valid take on the character, and Ledger had moments where he almost channeled Malcolm McDowell from A Clockwork Orange.

    But the photo of Jared Leto above appears to be a quintessential representation of the character, and not just because he’s striking an iconic pose. Nicholson would not have struck this pose. Ledger either. The new Joker might have tattoos, ect, and as you point out there’s only so much you can tell from a still image, but my hopes are now up.

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  2. Looks like it’s been confirmed that Joker will not have tattoos in the actual movie. And without the tats, what I wrote above is even more true. This incarnation seems exactly like the figure from the comics.

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    1. That’s the latest, and I think fan reaction may have had a hand to play in that. Maybe not. I’m hearing more and more he’ll have a cameo in BvS so…why not. Everyone else is in the daggone movie.

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      1. I don’t think the tattoos were ever in the actual cards. I was fooled, and I was even OK with the image, but in hindsight it looks exactly like the product of a highly staged promotional shoot to me.

        Maybe they should have considered that it was the first image of Leto’s Joker in full makeup, and that people were going to naturally assume it reflected his appearance in the film. But this is DCCU Marketing Land.

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      2. Yeah and DCCU marketing land could learn a lot from the brilliant ad campaigns Chris Nolan’s team did for the TDK trilogy. The advertising for The Dark Knight may be the best for any film I’ve seen in the Internet age.

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      3. I feel like, in this day and age, the marketing of movies should be more creative and fun. Instead of trying to rope people in with lame photo shoots, entertain them while you’re trying to sell them your movie. Imagine if, instead of releasing an ill-conceived photograph of Jared Leto with tattoos all over him, WB had created a mini internet serial, one with an interesting plot, that teased the Joker, then revealed his look at the end of the final installment. The episodes would not have had to be long, and everyone would be talking about it, and engrossed, and looking forward to the movie.

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      4. And don’t stop there. Make the mini-serial interactive, so viewers can choose the direction of the plot and interact with the characters. That way, people could experience it repeatedly, and have a different experience each time. It would not have to be long or expensive to make, just a little world that people could travel to. Give it its own exclusive soundtrack. Market the mini-serial like you would market an actual movie. Make people forget it’s an advertisement.

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      5. Boundaries are going to start to get blurred real soon between television and cinema. If I were in charge in Hollywood, I would try to blur the lines between marketing and actual entertainment.

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      6. It’s already happening with Marvel’s characters moving from series to films and back. The Defenders are now rumored for the Infinity War also (biggest movie of all time), but that doesn’t mean there won’t be continued seasons of DD, which there had better be since I’ve watched season one four times now lol. If Vincent D’Onofrio doesn’t win an Emmy I’m choking someone out.

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      7. This is actually a perfect example of why the MCU is on the cutting edge, changing the entire playing feild, while the DCCU is looking more and more like a disaster. There is no continuity across the mediums when it comes to the DC properties. I read today that WB is hiring writers to simultaneously write different scripts for each of the planned movies. Not different drafts, but totally different scripts with different takes on the material. One of the writers turned in a script for Aquaman, only to be told that it couldn’t be used anymore because the “rules of the world have changed,” (whatever that means). They’re making it up as they go along. No coherence or planning. The DCCU could very well represent the death of the old ways of doing things in Hollywood, though it might take a little while until Hollywood realizes it.

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      8. I know, I read the same thing and was just aghast. How smart does a person need to be to see that the script is all-important? It’s not a cereal box tops contest winner thing. You put time, effort and money into finding the right writer like you would the F/X, but for some reason Disney gets that and the other studios largely don’t. I just honestly thank God for the Dark Knight Trilogy because it allows me to have some detachment. If I didn’t have my personal perfect Batman trilogy and this is all I had to look forward to, I’d have chewed off my arm by now. They best not screw with Aquaman fans. Those guys pack tridents.

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