He looks like a drugged punk rocker. He’s not how I envision the character. He’s not Heath Ledger.
That’s what a whole lot of people have been saying about Jared Leto’s reveal as a tattooed, “grilled” Joker. It was a photo that has launched 1000 memes. Man, the ire that has arisen in this nation we call Nerds has brought out the funniest and very worst of our culture.
While negative reactions are slowing to a crawl, there is ONE reactionary video to rule them all.
Before there was Jared Leto, there was Heath Ledger. Before Ledger, there was Jack Nicholson. In 1989 he danced with the devil under the pale moonlight in Tim Burton’s Batman. For near two decades he was remembered as the definitive onscreen Joker. It’s only befitting to see what the legend himself thinks of Leto’s Joker.
*Note: Just so no one feels duped, the following reactionary video is an edited clip from Nicholson’s starring vehicle About Schmidt. So, yes, it’s fake (so is the above image, which is clearly Photoshopped). Doesn’t change how perfect the reaction is.
So, has Jack Nicholson actually seen Jared Leto’s rendering of The Joker? Maybe. If he has, does he have a strong opinion about it? Perhaps. But it’s likely we’ll never hear it because Nicholson is practically a hermit (sans going to any L.A. Lakers games) and can’t be bothered with such trivial things. Luckily for us, YouTuber Toniemcee has perfectly captured Nicholson’s would-be reaction to Leto’s tatted-up, Suicide Squad version of Batman’s most iconic villain. It couldn’t be more spot on, to how most fans feel anyway.
Set for release August 5, 2016, Suicide Squad is based on the DC Comics series and also stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis.