No villain is more iconic than the Joker. Who else but the Clown Prince of Crime could inspire such a wide range of reactions among movie fans with each casting of his character? Jared Leto's interpretation of the Joker was perhaps the most divisive yet, leading to a range of mixed reviews, pepper spray threats and even lawsuits against Warner Bros. following the removal of particular Joker scenes from the Suicide Squad trailer.
Here's a selection of Jared's Joker scenes that didn't make the final cut:
Whether you loved or hated him in the role, Jared Leto doesn't seem too happy about the way his character was handled, particularly regarding the number of Joker scenes that were cut from the final release. Last weekend at Camp Mars, Leto openly vented his frustrations with Warner Bros. and how the studio prevented him from playing extreme sports, even going so far as to say these two choice words:
Award-winning actors who star in financially successful summer blockbusters are rarely so open with their fury and frustration, but then Jared Leto isn't most actors. While it's highly unlikely that Leto will be released from his multi-picture deal anytime soon, there's still a way that DC can portray a new version of the Joker onscreen already with a new actor without committing cold blooded murder. As always, it all hearkens back to the comics.
There's More Than One Joker
Last year, DC claimed that they would finally reveal the identity of the Joker in a story arc that began in Justice League #42, when the Dark Knight sat in the all-powerful Mobius Chair. Rather than ask important questions like 'Why is the sky blue?' or 'How did the bat-nipples from Batman & Robin become a thing?' Bruce Wayne instead asked about the identity of his parents killer and the Joker himself.
The answer to Batman's first question revealed that the man who murdered Thomas and Martha Wayne was called Joe Chill. So far, so good. However, when Batman asked what the Joker's real name is, the chair gave Bruce a shocking answer that took eight more issues to finally reveal. Oh, and yes: the chair can talk. Obviously.
Fans who expected to hear the name of a character already familiar to readers were shocked to discover in Justice League #50 that there aren't just one, but in fact three Jokers laughing maniacally around the streets of Gotham City. Unfortunately, we still don't know their names yet. Sneaky chair.
Are These 3 Jokers All The Same?
A huge part of the Joker's appeal is his unpredictability, so over the years, many writers have interpreted his character in different ways. DC haven't revealed yet whether any of these previous incarnations are actually representations of the different Jokers, or simply artistic license on the part of the writers.
In fact, DC have revealed next to nothing about the identities of these three Jokers, except that we know for certain that they're separate people and not just different facets of the same splintered personality. The Joker is kind of crazy after all, so it makes sense that DC would feel the need to quickly discount this theory.
Since we know that the three Clown Princes of Crime are separate entities, it's obvious that DC will choose to imbue them with different personalities of sorts, paying homage in some way to previous incarnations of the Jokers. Otherwise, we're just looking at a DC version of Spidey's Clone Wars, and no one wants to see that.
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Could We See These 3 Jokers In The DCEU?
Now that Jared Leto's openly criticising Warner Bros. after they cut large parts of his performance as the Joker out, the studio may be tempted to bring the concept of three Jokers into play within Suicide Squad 2. This would undoubtedly give them more flexibility with how they approach the character in future films.
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If that's the case, then here's three actors who could each bring something new to the iconic villains' legacy in Suicide Squad 2, covering everything from the classic Joker of old to more deranged versions from recent years.
Who Could Play These 3 Jokers In The DCEU?
- Joker Type: Classic Joker
- Most famous role: Nick Chevotarevich from The Deer Hunter
- Been in a superhero film before?: Yes - Batman Returns (Max Shreck)
If the DCEU decides to incorporate a more classic take on the Joker, then they need to look no further than Christopher Walken. The celebrated actor could take the work already done by performers like Cesar Romero and Jack Nicholson, but put his own eccentric spin on the character, evoking the voice work of Mark Hamill too in an older, more theatrical version of the Joker who's more insane than truly evil.
- Joker Type: Gangster Joker
- Most famous role: Ron Woodroof from Dallas Buyers Club
- Been in a superhero film before?: No
As previously mentioned, it would be nigh on impossible for Leto to leave the role of Joker any time soon, but if Warner Bros did want a new actor to play a gangster version, Matthew McConaughey could be a surprisingly good fit for the character. We already know that he can play menacing, thanks to his casting as the villain in the Dark Tower series. Plus, the Southerner's charm could make a darker version of the Joker even more terrifying with the right script for Suicide Squad 2.
- Joker Type: Psychopathic Joker
- Most famous role: Maggie Greene from The Walking Dead
- Been in a superhero film before?: Yes - Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (Martha Wayne)
Lauren Cohan's foray into the DCEU was cut short at the beginning of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when the character of Martha Wayne was shot down in front of Bruce's eyes. However, this doesn't necessarily spell the end for The Walking Dead actress.
In the fan favorite comic book arc Flashpoint Paradox, Bruce Wayne was killed in an alternate reality. Witnessing this tragedy drove his mother insane, to the point where she eventually became the Joker and fought her husband, Thomas Wayne, who had become Batman.
At first glance, it seems unlikely that this version of the Joker would ever appear in the DCEU. But when you consider that time travel and movement between dimensions has already been hinted at in the films, it's not too much of a stretch to imagine that Warner Bros. could still bring a deranged Martha Wayne into play within Suicide Squad 2.
Of course, the three Clown Princes(ses) of Crime haven't even been revealed in the comics yet, suggesting that a development like this certainly wouldn't occur anytime soon in the DCEU. However, we've already seen numerous incarnations of the Joker make the leap from page to screen. Even if Jared Leto sticks with Warner Bros. for now, there's still a chance that one of these Jokers will torment Batfleck in Suicide Squad 2 one day with their maniacal laugh once more.
Do you think Warner Bros. would ever bring multiple Jokers into Suicide Squad 2? Will Jared Leto try and retire from villainy any time soon? And who would you like to see play the Joker onscreen next?
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