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Internet Reads Too Much Into Jared Leto Joke(r)

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I think we’re all accustomed to those times where the internet, as a collective community, loses its cool over some misinterpreted joke or slight that was supposed to be funny but is instead taken oh so seriously. Well, it happened again over the weekend, and it involved a guy that those same internet folks are already looking at through suspicious eyes: Jared Leto. The Academy Award-winning actor was cast as The Joker in Warner Bros. upcoming Suicide Squad movie last year, and was not greeted with the upmost fondness by fans who are a) always skeptical of casting, and b) doubling skeptical of some Jesus-looking mofo being cast as the Clown Prince of Crime. But now he’s done it. Jared Leto told the internet that “Batman is dead.”

While talking to fans on Vyrt, someone said to Leto that “You’re reminding me of Batman, unseen hero!” I assume by “unseen hero” that the OP was referring to Leto’s work with his band 30 Seconds to Mars. (BOOM!) But seriously, that’s when things took a bizarre turn when Leto replied, “Batman is dead.”

What did he do?! Doesn’t Jared Leto know how the internet works?! Of course the immediate read-too-much-into-that reaction was to jump to the conclusion that this was a massive spoiler for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, that by the time the credits role on that film, which comes out March 2016, Batman will be dead or presumed dead. That would kind of make all that Batffleck stuff a couple of years ago look like much ado about nothing, wouldn’t it?

On the other hand, and this is more likely scenario, Leto was just teasing by getting a little method. He is playing The Joker after all, and what is The Joker all about? Trying to kill Batman. (You are, of course, more than free to psycho-analyze The Joker’s true intent and whether or not he really wants to kill Batman since the Dark Knight is his raison d’être.) It’s kind of funny how three words said in jest can make us sit and take notice (and possibly outrage). On the other hand, Leto occasionally comes off as serious and kind of sanctimonious, so it’s nice to see that he can make a joke and let his hair down, metaphorically-speaking.

Suicide Squad is expected to begin shooting sometime this spring in Toronto under the direction of David Ayer (Fury). The film will star Leto, Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Margot Robbie, and possible Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.

Source: Comic Book.com

Category: Comics, Film

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