Jared Leto shared this photo of himself looking particularly pale while on the Toronto set of Suicide Squad, with the caption “The Transformation Begins.” Are you freaking out? Because I’m freaking out. This could be our first glimpse of the newest incarnation of the Joker in the DC film universe, and just in case you had any doubts about the casting, look at this. More details below!
Of all of the casting choices for this film, be it Margot Robbie as Harley or Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto’s Joker is probably the most closely-watched by Bat-fans. I, for one, think his physical appearance is almost perfect for the Clown Prince of Crime, second only to Tom Hiddleston… but I digress. His sunken cheekbones and eyes are spot-on for the role, and his acting chops will elevate him to make this, in my opinion, the best live-action Joker ever.
Not that Heath Ledger‘s Joker wasn’t good. It was. But it simply wasn’t the Joker. And that’s what fans want. They want a world onscreen that reflects what we have in the comics, and Jared Leto’s Joker seems extremely close, physically. We’ve yet to see how he portrays him, but if he turns out to be the giggling madman we all love and root for against all odds, he’ll be irreplaceable.
What do you think? Is Leto perfect, or will he drop the ball?