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Why Jared Leto’s Joker Will Be Awesome

There’ve been many opinions about Jared Leto getting the nod to play the iconic Batman super-villain in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Many have been on the hate-train, but I’m ready to bet his performance will run that train off the rails. Read on for why.

He Commits


After seeing him as a hefty Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27, then slimming to nothing and dressing as a woman for Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, there’s no question this guy commits to the role he’s embodying.

With a role like the Joker, the transformation is one of the most important parts, and that image reflects the style and personality of the character. I’m thinking specifically of the graphic below.

It’s a bit cynical (Mark Hamill definitely did his part in canonizing the role, yet they all played the Joker..c’mon), but the idea is right: each portrayal of the character has its own personality. From the content we’ve seen so far, Leto looks like he’s dived into that metamorphosis head first.

History Repeats Itself

HEATH LEDGER stars as The Joker in Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures action drama movie The Dark Knight, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and also starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman.

Remember when the late-Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker for the Dark Knight and the internet got…a little upset? I’m having serious déjà vu going on now with Leto’s casting too, and it’s unlikely to let up until 2016 when Suicide Squad finally releases. The last live action Joker that was probably uncontroversial was Jack Nicholson, and let’s be honest, that had to have been the most obvious casting of all time.

Would not want to dance with that guy in the pale moonlight…

My point is that people have cried wolf with this role before and worry that it won’t live up to expectations. Given Ledger’s Oscar-winning performance as the Crown Prince of Crime despite all the flak, I’m optimistic that Leto will deliver in 2016.

Early Preparation in FIGHT CLUB


You may have forgotten Leto played the “something beautiful” Edward Norton’s character wanted to (and eventually did) destroy in Fight Club. I’ll admit this is a stretch, but I get the feeling this role could’ve helped get Leto the part: what more is the Joker than the embodiment of something good, beautiful, or funny becoming deformed or twisted into something else?

As if that wasn’t enough, Angel Face was a cog in Tyler Durden’s machine to end the status quo, helping to bring anarchy through destruction to the peaceful cityfolk. Sound familiar??

Alright, I’m not at the point of making a Illuminati-themed, tin foil hat for this conspiracy theory just yet, but it’s a pretty interesting similarity. And check out that laugh and the hair! Pretty convincing early audition if you ask me.

Last but not least…

He’s Good

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actor Jared Leto accepts the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role award for 'Dallas Buyers Club' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The guy won an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a host of other awards for crying out loud! You would think this would insulate an actor against the outcries against the casting decisions made that involve him or her.

Nothing really else to say about that other than “scoreboard”.

If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out Jared Leto in the trailer for Suicide Squad, which opens next year!

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