There’s a new picture of Jared Leto as The Joker, which means there’s also a new slew of negative comments from anyone that’s ever heard of Batman.
It’s hard to say what’s deserved and what’s undeserved here, because while it could be argued The Joker would never have that detailed of self-referential tattoos—Who has The Joker ever really tried to impress besides the Dark Knight anyway?—it could be just as rallied that Jared Leto is capable of radical body transformation and is an Academy Award-winning actor for his role as a trans woman in Dallas Buyers Club, so what’s to stop him from being a terrific alternate version of the Clown Prince of Crime?
You especially wonder if you’re in or out when you hear Leto talk about the role, as he did with Empire Magazine, with their Joker cover for December already making its own headlines.
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.
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.
Personally, I’m among the fanboys that desperately want to point out why The Joker wouldn’t wear that hospital pimp outfit, but I’m also among the fanmen who remember how Heath Ledger also drummed up a lot of accusations before Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight was released and subsequently blew all our minds. The biggest difference here, really, is that fans don’t even know if they agree with David Ayer’s world in the first place, whereas Nolan had already established his vision with Batman Begins. We should just wait (with fingers crossed) until the film’s August release and theeeen go insane.