When the Jared Leto Joker announcement was made for Suicide Squad, I have to admit I was part of a fairly large camp of skeptics. It didn't seem like he was necessarily built for the role.
However, something worth considering, and that I've had to tell myself many times over the gradual reveal process of Leto's Joker, is that Heath Ledger was also originally greeted by unsure critics of his casting in The Dark Knight for the same iconic character. And we saw how that turned out.
The term bothers me for a few reasons, but I think it's fair to say that the two were both attractive "pretty boys" in the classic sense. It may have seemed difficult to believe either could play the twisted Joker character well.
In Hollywood, though, people can transform themselves for a role. And while I think it's pretty obvious that Ledger's transformation will go down in history as one of the best, I think it's unfair to count Leto out as possibly being able to do the same.
Here are the guys before make-up
Prior to any of the Joker makeup being applied, neither looks all that intimidating or creepy. In fact, they look downright great!
And after sitting down in the make-up chair for a bit...
Boom. I've gotta admit that there was some intense work that went into making either of these guys as freaky and demented as they both came out. Leto's character has to follow-up Heath's too, so the pressure is even more pronounced there. I think a little bit more detail went into Leto, but from an overall horror stand-point, I think Ledger might eek out the win.
"I'm not gonna kill you, I'm just gonna hurt you really, really bad."
Now, we only have the trailer to work with, but how would you compare this saying to...
Who's got the creepier voice between the two?
Who is more sadistic?
More sadistic Joker from what we can tell?
I think it's safe to say both of these Jokers are pretty mentally screwed up, but we'll have to wait almost exactly a year until Suicide Squad comes out to know for sure who is crazier. I'll be there, with my popcorn ready. Can't wait.