It has been a long time since we have seen Jared Leto as the Joker. What I mean to say is that, for a time, it felt like we couldn’t go a day without seeing some sort of leaked footage, leaked photo, or twitter post from David Ayers as they began shooting for Suicide Squad. In all honesty, I got a bit tired of it overall. Most of the footage or pictures looked less-than-inspiring and folks on social media did nothing but hate every little thing that came out. So it appeared that Ayers might have, possibly, taken the hint and stopped posting so much on social media, at least when it came to the Joker. He seemed excited about reinventing the character, but that excitement did not transfer into excitement from the fans.
Like it or not, however, we did get to see Jared Leto’s “Joker” on the cover of Empire Magazine earlier today. And I am still not entirely sure how I feel about it. I think Leto is a talented actor, but even the best actors can do terrible when handed a crappy character or bad direction. Now, I am not saying I have zero faith in the character–it feels like he might fall in line more with the classic animated series to me (just a bit darker)– I am just saying that, visually, this Joker looks like…well… a Joke. He looks cheap and, quite honestly, I feel like Ayer might have borrowed the Joker’s look from the Neil Blomkamp movie Chappie… just sayin’!
But without further ado, here is the cover of the Joker on Empire Magazine:
You know what else I do not like? I feel like Ayers and other are trying to hit the nail on the head a little too hard with Leto’s iteration of the Joker. Like putting “Damaged” on the forehead or putting tags like “Psycho” and “Killer” on this cover. Why not set up the photos in such a way that we can infer that information or speculate on the nature of his character? Thanks for giving us ZERO surprises.
Now, on a lighter note, we do get to see a bit about Jared Leto’s take on the psychotic role in a recent interview with Empire Magazine where he explains what went into playing the iconic character:
“There was definitely a period of…detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole.”
Well… this sounds terrible. It sounds a bit like the role took a lot out of him both physically and emotionally. Leto also speculated, while playing the character, that he may be a bit older..possibly ancient? and that it may have revealed a clue about how the Joker sees the world around him:
“I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think. It’s something different. If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground. I think I’ll be cooling down for the rest of my life.”
So I do like Leto’s thoughtful approach to the character and that does give me pause when deciding whether or not to hate this iteration of the character. But my real feelings of the character will come down to Leto’s on-screen performance. Hopefully his hard would will pay off and we see the best Joker iteration ever…but I am cautiously optimistic…