Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker might have been divisive for the fan community…but for DC and Warner Brothers it was good enough for a second round. Leto first played The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad and promptly stole every scene he was in. This is one of two Joker films looking to start production in the next year or so. The DCEU is starting to get as crowded as the MCU.
We’ve seen countless iterations of Batman’s greatest rogue, The Joker. We’ve seen Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman, Heath Ledger in the Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, and recently Jared Leto in Suicide Squad (and the upcoming Gotham City Sirens movie). Of course, there’s the OG from the Adam West series, Caesar Romero and countless voice actors for various DC animated movies (Mark Hamill remains king though!). The Joker is without a doubt one of the most fascinating characters throughout comic book history. However, we really haven’t learned much of his origin or his history. Until now…
Cameron Monaghan, who plays Jerome Valeska in the Gotham series, just posted a photo of himself looking like a ‘certain someone’ on Twitter and the internet can’t stop talking about it. The actor shared an image of himself online looking eerily similar to the Joker, before the photo was deleted only a few hours later. The Joker has yet to appear officially in the series, though fans have been teased by the Joker-like mannerisms of Jerome throughout it, although in a bizarre twist, he was later supposedly killed off. However, his upcoming return to the show has been teased heavily too, but now the big question is: who exactly will he be returning as? (more…)
Warner Bros is working overtime promoting Suicide Squad. The anticipated film surrounding a bunch of antiheroes engaging in suicide missions on behalf of the government has been showcasing all the rogues we will get to see when the movie comes out next month. We’ve got to see pretty much every member of “Task Force X” in these extended promos including Rick Flagg and Amanda Waller. Well, there’s one person missing, the Clown Prince of Crime, The Joker. Fear not Joker fans, we got you covered. (more…)
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a lot of faith in their upcoming film Suicide Squad. After the mixed reactions Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice received, they really don’t have any other choice. If the studio wants to show they are able to compete against the superhero juggernaut that is Disney/Marvel Studios, then this August’s release has to be successful at the box office. Those on the outside may think Warner Bros. is premature in planning a DC Extended Universe (DCEU) consisting of more films, but what it truly reveals about the studio is that they haven’t given up. They will continue to move forward as if Suicide Squad and subsequent releases are hits at the theaters. With that being said it should come as no surprise that rumors are circulating that they intend on creating more solo spinoffs out of this cadre of criminals. So exactly who gets the spotlight in their own feature? (more…)
Even in comic books there are certain absolutes: Uncle Ben stays dead, Krypton was destroyed, and no matter what they do the X-Men are always hated and feared. One of those absolutes used to be the lack of origin for the Joker, or at least a canonical origin of the Joker, but all that will change in the near future when DC Comics will reveal the official origin story of the Clown Prince of Crime. That was just one, but perhaps the most consequential, of numerous announcements pertaining to DC’s Rebirth project at WonderCon this past weekend. (more…)
Of course, that’s not to dismiss the idea of a female Joker. No, in fact it was done in Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come. But let us stop and roll our eyes as Gotham once again goes back to the Joker well after introducing Cameron Monaghan‘s Jerome last season, killing him off in the first few episodes of this season, and implying that the animus of the Clown Prince of Crime is some kind of mental virus that’s catching throughout pre-Batman Gotham City. So in that spirit, on next week’s episode of the show, we’ll meet Jeri played by Lori Petty. Guess who she wants to be when she grows up… (more…)
Justice doesn’t just have a bad side, it has a nutty side too. This August, Suicide Squad will hit theaters and introduce some of Batman’s most iconic villains to the DC Cinematic Universe. In addition to Harley Quinn and Deadshot making their film debuts, it will be the first time in eight years that we’ll see the Joker himelf on the big screen. Academy Award-winner Jared Leto is playing Mr. J this time around, and many are curious as to whether his performance will hold a candle to Heath Ledger’s portrayal in 2008. To get ready for his role in The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger locked himself in a hotel room for about a month, which sounds appropriately crazy to prepare for a role that’s the textbook definition of insane. While Leto hasn’t done anything that drastic, co-star Viola Davis recently revealed that his preparation for the role was far from sane.
If you want to play something strange, who you gonna call? Well, if you’re playing LEGO Dimensions, pretty much anyone you want it seems. Fancy a batshit mashup with Doctors Who, Brown and Venkman? Sure! While you’re at it, why not throw in Doctor Harleen Frances Quinzel, MD aka Harley Quinn, for good measure? You may as well drop Marty McFly and The Joker in the street to look on as well. (more…)
Slow news day? Quite possibly, but intriguing just the same. You may remember the feature length animated film Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker. In it, the Joker mysteriously returns to Gotham City decades after apparently dying in one final confrontation with Batman. But when future Batman Terry McGinnis investigates, he learns that “the Joker” is really Tim Drake, who was captured by the Clown Prince of Crime before his death, tortured, and implanted with a suggestion to taken over by the Joker’s, for lack of a better term, spirit. Kind of crazy, huh? But what if the makers of the upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice saw that and said, “not a bad idea”? (more…)