You know what’s great about an article that has an open ended question as the title? You are garuanteed to not get a definite answer about anything out of anyone. It will be more of a speculative, philosophical waxing that pumps out so many theories that you close the window of your laptop at the end of it and feel more confused than you were when you started. So more often than not we tend to stay away from blatant rumours that have no basis here, unless we have a little something to go on. Or if it’s super intriguing. The potential for a physical description of the joker in the upcoming comic book movie Suicide Squad is a little of both.
Since getting word that Jared Leto would be playing the Joker in David Ayer’s villain team up, we’ve been hearing that the Dallas Buyers Club star would be losing his legendary locks for the role. It’s been a while and still no hair job, but Leto mentioned that his presentation of an award at the Oscars would be a “farewell party for his hair”. Not only that, but Leto came out on stage with a considerable amount of poundage on him compared to his Oscar winning role last year. Turns out the actor who is no stranger to augmenting his body for a role has put on 70 pounds for his part as the joker. So we’ve got short hair and bulk, which would be a huge change from what we’re used to seeing from cinematic representations of the Joker. Both Jack Nicholson’s and Heath Ledger’s portrayals of Batman’s nemesis have been violent and brutally theatrical, but not quite so physically dominant. So it looks as though Suicide Squad is set to change all that.
When the cast list for Suicide Squad dropped late last year, one of the actor choices that has sparked the most chatter is Jared Leto for the role of Batman’s biggest villain property the Joker. The big surprise about the choice of Leto is that the majority of the cast are action or mainstream vets (include list here) while Leto himself was hot off an Oscar win with a pocketful of indie roles before that. With such an elevated status, everyone wants to know how Leto is going to play the clown Prince of Crime, and to what era of the batman canon will he be most closely aligned.
We’re gonna leave it there for the moment because very soon the ratio of news to guesses is gonna spin wildly out of control. But if you’d like a visual representation of what Leto’s Joker feels like to us – and why wouldn’t you? – check out the incarnation of the Joker from the graphic novel Batman:RIP.
Oh, and if he ends up looking exactly like this, I’m taking credit.