Now, there are a whole lot of reasons for the Joker to be someone's favorite supervillain. From his long history of Batman-related antics, his flamboyant style and his flair for the dramatic, all the way through to his extravagantly out-there approach to life. For many, though, the villain's main selling point has always been the sheer, coal-black darkness of his approach to life. With a love of chaos, a passion for brutal murder and a gleefully psychopathic approach to life, the Joker is arguably the quintessential homicidal comic book maniac.
What's more, his on-screen portrayals have been getting more and more in line with that murderous reputation as the years have gone by, with Cesar Romero's campy 1960s television take being replaced by Jack Nicholson's alternately comic and horrifying approach in 1989's Batman, before it was itself outshone by Heath Ledger's iconic (and spectacularly) unhinged version of the villain in 2008's The Dark Knight.
With Jared Leto set to bring the Clown Prince of Crime back to the big screen in next year's Suicide Squad, however, we've once again been left wondering just how the villain will be portrayed - and whether or not it'll be dark and twisted enough for the character's dedicated fan base.
From the sounds of Leto's latest comments made during the recent Dubai Music Week, and reported by TheNational.ae, though, it seems we don't have too much to worry about. Y'see:
It Sounds as Though Jared Leto's Joker Could Be the Most Deranged Yet
As Leto put it (in response to a fan who attended the event wearing a Batman t-shirt):
"You’re really brave...I can’t wait for you to see this – they’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out."
Which, combined with the deranged laugh the actor delivered, might just suggest we're set to see an even more extreme version of the Joker than has yet been committed to film.
Though, in fairness, it'll still probably have a ways to go to trump that time the comic book Joker made a bunch of Joker-fish...
...or, for that matter, that time he ended up working for Iran in the 1980s...
Or even more recently, when he cut his own face off:
That being said, it sure will be fun to watch Leto try...