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The New Joker!

jaredletofinaljokerToday we got the first glimpse of Jared Leto’s take on DC’s iconic villain “The Joker”. The well-known nemesis to Batman, Joker has arguably become the most discussed and recognised of them all in recent years. When Leto was announced as the next star to take on the immense role, many were skeptical, however there were not nearly as many skeptics as there were for Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne or Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor for that matter.

Personally, I really like the casting of Leto as The Joker. The thin, menacing, psychotic, maniacal character is one that has been tackled by big names over the years including Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger, both of which brought their own style and uniqueness to the role.
In what I think to be a step forward in a new direction for the character, Leto offers a new style, a new flair and an overall image makeover which is great to see, even if the honeymoon period of “The Dark Knight” isn’t completely over.

Leto definitely has big shoes to fill, but I believe he is very capable of taking the character into his own and reinventing him with his personal nuances and alterations.
Traditionally there are traits of The Joker that have transcended through the numerous filmic incarnations, most notably are the aforementioned qualities of the character. I don’t see this changing all that much with Leto’s Joker; I see much of the same but with a significant tonal shift.

Scheduled to debut his new look in the forthcoming “Suicide Squad” film, I sincerely hope that Leto and Aussie Margot Robbie (who is playing Joker’s sidekick/love interest Harley Quinn) share the majority of screen time. These two are a fantastic pair and it would be an absolute treat to watch their chemistry on-screen for a couple of psychotic, wicked hours.
I would love to see a glimpse of Leto’s Joker in an after-credits scene of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, but I’m not banking on it. Perhaps there’ll be some sort of establishment of a shared movie universe within the film, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Speaking of “Batman v Superman”, we’ve been treated to a lot of indicative footage with the recently released trailer. It looks as if it will improve on “Man of Steel”, but I’m skeptical on how well they’ll even out the spread of characters within the film.
So far, we’ve seen Tweeted images of Batman in his armored suit, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Lex Luthor, all of whom are as gloomy and expressionless as the other.
We know what style of film we’re in for and I’m personally very excited to see Zach Snyder’s vision come to life.
This evolving DC movie universe has a lot of work to do in order to catch Marvel in terms of buzz and significance, but hopefully the forthcoming slew of films will give DC the boost it needs to become top dog once again.

Overall, I was shocked to see exactly what Leto’s Joker looked like, but after examining it more closely and thinking about how Leto could alter the character in his favour, I’ve come around and actually rather like the new “meth-tweaker” look he’s going for. The purple glove didn’t impress me much, but I’m tipping he won’t be shirtless for much of the film.
The next question is what exactly will he wear? A suit? A trench coat? A top hat? A birthday suit? Who knows!
Whatever the case, Leto’s could be most insane depiction we’ve seen yet, and I’m excited!


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