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…)
There is perhaps no villain as mad or sadistic as The Joker. In the course of cinema (and television) the crown prince of crime has been played by great men. Cesar Romero. Jack Nicholson. Heath Ledger. Mark Hamill. Jared Leto. And now… Zach Galifianakis?! (more…)
There have been a lot of voices and faces attached to the role of The Joker over the years, some of them good, some of them not-so-much. Everyone has a favorite, however, and Mark Hamill is definitely one of the names that shines the brightest when it comes to bringing life to the animated version of one of Batman’s most infamous of villains. And now it looks like he’ll be returning to give it one more go. What’s more, it’s for an animated adaptation of one of the most-praised story arcs in the Batman world – Batman: The Killing Joke. (more…)
Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to judge a book by its cover. Jared Leto’s Joker look for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad got a ton of mixed (mostly negative) feedback, but playing a role isn’t just about looking the part. Umberto Gonzales, also known as El Mayimbe from Latino Review, has reported that Leto’s portrayal of the Joker could outshine Heath Ledger’s in Suicide Squad. (more…)
Last week, David Ayer’s tweet showing off Jared Leto’s take on The Joker for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie (and likely a few other upcoming WB/DC movies) wound up setting the internet, and more than a few fanboys’ dreams, on fire. The stark contrast from the Jokers audiences have seen on screen previously was met with more backlash than the initial announcement that Ben Affleck would be donning Batman’s iconic cowl, which is saying quite a bit. Fans of the character, including those who only became fans of the character after Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal in The Dark Knight, were quick to criticize the image as straying too far from the source material. Well, Leto has shared a new photo and it isn’t any closer to the source material than the last. Haters, get ready to hate. (more…)
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. (more…)