Friday, April 24, 2015


Jared Leto as the Joker
Well Batfreaks, everyone had better get excited or start cringing because it seems there is a new Joker in town!. Since the first announcement of Jared Leto being chosen to play the iconic antagonist to the Dark Knight, fans have been wondering how Leto and the crew behind the Suicide Squad film are going to top the Heath Ledger Joker. Judging from the image it is certainly an interesting interpretation of the character. Not wearing the iconic purple suit  and covered in ink one might wonder if this joker will don his famous duds or spend half of the film shirtless to show off the ink. The metal teeth is an interesting touch as well adding a sense of menace and feral aggression in a single look. The ink seems over done to me as all the "ha ha's" and the smile on the arm and hand seem to lack any sense of meaning. However I am not one to discount Leto's abilities on the screen thanks to his brilliant performance in Dallas Buyers Club last year. While this is not a "conventional" Joker  (and it is weird applying convention to a seriously unconventional character), I think that possibly the minds behind the film are intentionally going away from the traditional look. This might be due to the fact that Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamil (voice acted), and Heath Ledger have all left an indelible mark on the character. Nicholson brought gravitas, Hamil was the joker of many geeks childhood via Batman the Animated Series, and Ledger brought true madness and unpredictability as well as linking him to the role with his death after playing the role. I know that the internet is prone to kneejerk reactions, but lets just hold off on one and give Leto a chance. We don't know much about the final look of the character and I for one am willing to wait and see.

David is a local historian, techie, home brewer, stage hand, gamer, and geek. He loves Star Wars and Shakespeare with equal passions and is prone to quoting it at random! 

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