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Heath Ledger raised the bar with his portrayal as the crown prince of crime. The actors unfortunate death also further cemented that version of the character unto popular culture.  No matter who plays the Joker, that person will always be compared to Ledger. Unless, perhaps, the actor playing him has a look and style so far removed from Ledger’s, that audiences can’t possibly make any correlation between the two – you know, kind of like how Ledger made people forget about Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Enter Jared Leto. A brilliant actor and musician. Someone with the physicality and presence to give even the most critical of fans moment to pause.

Any recess in curiosity may have very well ended the day Suicide Squad director David Ayer finally unveiled the first full look at Leto’s Joker. Could be a sign of a new and interesting take on Joker, but it’s not quite like any version anyone has ever seen before.  If Warner Bros. mission was to shake things up and deliver something so wildly different, well, they succeeded. Thankfully, the Internet was incredibly open-minded to the new design.

Below is a collection of reactionary Tweets and images. All of which show what a hilarious funny and cruel, and sometimes forgiving place the Internet can be. (more…)

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After more than a few leaks and teases, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has taken to twitter to show of first full and fully official look at our new big screen iteration of the clown prince of crime. After seeing it, I am sure you’ll agree that it will be a rather polarizing take on the 75 year old beloved Batman villian.

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You kids and your social media! It’s been a very busy couple of days in the news business with reveals of new trailers for highly anticipated projects both official (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and unofficial (Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice). Maybe the gang behind Warner Bros.‘ other upcoming comic book movie started to feel overshadowed, or maybe some people out there are just messed up folks with nothing better to do than jerk our chains. We don’t know. For whatever reason, Jared Leto decided to interject himself on fans, on a very buys nerd news day, and posted a picture of himself going about two-thirds full Joker for Suicide Squad on Snapchat. (more…)

Jared Leto’s Joker Makes His First Appearance

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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!

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Few characters in the expansive DC pantheon have had as many designs as Harley Quinn. She was originally created as a throwaway henchman for Batman: The Animated Series, but Paul Dini adored her so much she became a mainstay, eventually working her way into comics and Rocksteady’s Arkham video games. Over the years, she has had costume after costume, ranging from the sleek to the slutty, and we finally have details on her outfit for the very first live-action appearance on the big screen.

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We Here at RadioBastard Labs know that you, the discerning podcast listener, demand nothing but the latest in podcast innovations. That’s why Jeremy and Jason are happy to announce the all new #RapidReport! All the pop-culture news in half the time with a quarter of the humor. We also know you still want plain ol’fashion nerd news headlines, so we still do those too.

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Jared Leto Considering Big Personal Change to Play Joker

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Look at that picture above. Seeing Jared Leto all regal and serene with his long brunette hair, joking comparisons to the traditional image of Jesus Christ are going to happen. You know who has almost nothing in common with Jesus? The Joker. They both have names that start with a ‘J’ and some would argue that they’re both fictional (Hey, I’ve seen the Joker numerous times at comic conventions!), but that’s about it. So one of the questions before Leto in taking up the role of the iconic Batman villain in Suicide Squad is whether or not Leto would cut his lovely hair to play the Clown Prince of Crime? Do we have an answer now? (This may be a slow news day.) (more…)

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In an attempt to keep up with the competition, WB revealed a huge slate of upcoming superhero films a few months back, which included the highly anticipated villain centric Suicide Squad.  At the time of the reveal, it seemed as if the movie was a lifetime away.  With 2016 less than a year away, however, time seems to have sped up a bit, and now the Suicide Squad movie is picking up some real momentum and we now have word that we may be seeing even more fan favorites up on the big screen than we originally thought.  (more…)

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The Joker appeared in ‘Batman #1′ in 1940 and was supposed to be killed off to keep from recurring villains making Batman look inept. But creatives gave him longevity and the character ended up being The Dark Knight’s greatest foe. That much we know for sure. Yet, in what has been attributed to the Joker’s unreliable memory, comic book writers were given lots of leverage in depicting his actual origin. In his most popular back-story, the sadistic, goofy, criminal mastermind was once a lab worker aiming to rob his boss for a million dollars. In his guise of The Red Hood, he’s just a guy trying to get money by breaking laws. This is the genesis of what would become an incredible career in crime and we’re about to see him in live action for the first time ever. (more…)

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(It’s a real holiday, look it up.) So gather around the internets poorly guarded exhaust port because Jeremy and Jason are back with another podcast to help usher you into the holiday season. Yes, a solid 60 minutes of nerd news pop-culture type talkin’ things (spoiler, real honest to goodness Star Wars news this week!) So listen, won’t you?

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