ByMichael Wrigglesworth, writer at Creators.co

So, Jared Leto has been cast as the Joker, and knowing the trends of the superhero movie genre, he's likely signed for a multi-picture deal. I, for one, am rooting for him and I'm confident he will do a superb job in his own right. Be that as it may, before we know it, we will be looking at a brand new actor stepping into the Joker role. After all, if we look at the trends taking place in the superhero movie world a bit deeper, we'll discover a pretty important truth:

Reboots for superhero films are happening more frequently

Granted, the quality of a franchise will determine how long an actor will actually stay in the role, but even the successful properties have an expiration date; look at how long the hugely successful Dark Knight Trilogy lasted. These movies had a deep and lasting impact on the genre, but the franchise only lasted seven years; now the Gotham universe is being rebooted after only three short years since Christian Bale donned the cape and cowl. There's also evidence in other franchises; look at Sam Raimi and Marc Webb's respective renditions of Spider-Man. In just thirteen years, we'll have seen three different iterations of Spidey. Compare that to the 30+ years in which we've seen three different actors play Superman. My point is that reboots are happening faster than ever before; they are a cold hard reality in the superhero movie world, and because the Batman-Joker narrative has made DC major bank, they're probably going to recast someone in the villainous role within the next decade (that's my opinion at least). And if you think that's thinking too far ahead, remember that DC is also building a separate TV universe where the Joker will eventually turn up! What I want to know is who YOU think should play the Clown Prince of Crime when it comes time for him to show up on TV or when Leto's time comes to an end.

Matthew Gray Gubler vs Benedict Cumberbatch

Both of these actors are incredible in their own unique way, and both could add a unique flare to the Joker character. Gubler could easily play socially awkwardness and intelligent, which he continues to nurture in Criminal Minds. On the other hand, you have Benedict Cumberbatch, who has a cunning and charismatic vibe about him naturally. Plus, Into Darkness and The Desolation of Smaug taught us he knows how to play a pretty mean villain!

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Which one would you pick?

Michael Fasbender vs Willem Dafoe

Let's look at the qualifications of these two guys and see if their acting chops hold up against scrutiny.

  • Experience playing a primary antagonist in a superhero movie? CHECK!
  • Making a villainous role celebrated, believable and talked about? CHECK!
  • Holds the necessary acting qualities to put his own unique imprint on a complex and rather dimensional character like the Joker? CHECK!

Both Fassbender and Dafoe would be excellent candidates to take up the role of the Joker, no doubt about it. I suppose the only issue would be Dafoe's age. He wasn't all that young when he was cast as Norman Osborn in 2002's Spider-Man. However, with the right treatment, it could work!

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Which one would you pick?

Aaron Paul vs Bryan Cranston

You probably know both of these dudes from Breaking Bad. If you followed that show, you probably discovered both managed to play the villainous role quite effectively. But again, we have the issue of Cranston's age coming into play here. Slapping some white make-up and red lipstick on your face can do wonders though! Paul could easily portray a Joker that thrives on chaos and disorder; an important characteristic of the clown prince! But Cranston can play the imposing and dominating role very well, which is also an important feature of the Joker character.

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Which one would you pick?

Adrien Brody vs Sharlto Copley

These two are a bit "off-the-beaten-path," but they would each bring some incredible assets to the Batman universe if they were cast. If you've seen The Village you saw Brody cast as a mentally disturbed man who believes killing people is the best way to handle his emotions. Hmmm...sound familiar at all? Sharlto Copley knows how to play menacing and mentally disturbed as well. If I remember right, they broke his character in the A-Team out of the looney bin.

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Which one would you pick?

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