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…)
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…)
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.
So, ready to see your first look at Jared Leto as the Joker? (more…)
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 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!