Heath Ledger made The Joker character my favorite onscreen comic book villain ever. The actor faced an insane amount of pressure stepping into a role made famous by Jack Nicholson in Batman. Ledger’s vision for the character was something he brought to director Christopher Nolan, and together their version of the Joker was an anarchist, hellbent on using violence and destruction to send a message. The result was a Joker character not only worthy enough to cement his place alongside Nicholson’s take, but also one of greatest comic book villains onscreen.
I believe that Jared Leto has the potential to do the same. The Oscar winning actor looks to win audiences over by giving us yet a different interpretation of the character. Unlike previous takes on the character, this one won’t be given as much screen time nor focus from the story. Instead, Leto’s Joker will be a wrench thrown into the government’s plans for this Suicide Squad. He’ll be the side character who occasionally comes in just to shake things up. So already the odds are against Leto to deliver something on the same level as Ledger or Nicholson. However, by winning audiences over, and making them invest into seeing more of the character, it’ll present an opportunity for the actor to do something that no before has done. To reprise his role as The Joker for an even more promising film (The Batman), later down the road.
Leto seems confident that fans will buy into his Joker. Already the actor seems excited to return to the role in a future movie. For this Joker to come face to face once again with Batman (Ben Affleck), because the two already share so much history, which a standalone Batman film can explore. To get there, audiences will first have to buy into this Joker, and the first test comes this Friday. Check out Leto’s comments below on returning to the role, and the potential moving forward.
“I hope it’s an introduction (of the Joker) … and not the end! Because I could easily just play the Joker a couple more times and then retire. Because it’s so fulfilling and so creative and it’s so imaginative. It’s really difficult to think about doing anything else!”
“I think it would be incredible to see Batman and the Joker go head-to-head! This Batman and this Joker. I mean, I don’t know, that might be too much! But that would be fun.”
sources: Toronto Sun, Screen Rant