Jared Leto’s Time As The Joker Is Officially Over

Oh, Jared Leto. This is a bit of a sad story. I’m going to be honest, I was actually really positive on Jared Leto being cast as The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.

I thought, “Yeah, he’s strange enough to play The Joker. Sounds like good casting to me.” And then the pictures of him as The Joker emerged with the actor in white body paint, green hair and yet covered in ‘HAHAHAHA’ and one ‘Damaged’ tattoos and I thought, “Oh, god. No? What are they doing?”

Then the movie came out and out fears were confirmed. Jared Leto’s Joker was awful, and I know he has his fans and people like to defend him, but the actual performance was just too terrible to defend in my opinion.

He was all over the place. You couldn’t understand what he was saying most of the time because of his fake teeth and strange delivery. He was making strange growling noises which I’ve never heard any actor playing The Joker do before, and his laugh was terrible. Just terrible.

Jared Leto isn’t smiling any more

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Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad (credit: Warner Bros.)

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Anyway, it sounds as if Jared Leto had a bit of a hissy fit when he found out that Warner Bros. has greenlit Todd Phillips’ Joker movie which was going to star Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics villain and not him.

It turned out to be something of a masterstroke on Warner Bros’ behalf – even though they didn’t intend it to be – and Joker is now raking in the cash, and Joaquin Phoenix looks on course to get the Best Actor Oscar next year.

Well, Jared must be fuming right now, and a source recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his future as The Joker, and it sounds like his time playing the role is officially over.

“How do you play the Joker you established following [Joaquin Phoenix]? It kind of ends his Joker run,” the source told The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s the end of Jared Leto’s era as The Joker

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Joaquin Phoenix is our Joker now (Credit: Warner Bros.)

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This is, of course, true, and given the way to actor behaved when he found out about the movie, it’s highly unlikely that Warner Bros. will ever want to hire Jared again.

He’s really shot himself in the foot with this one, and I can’t think of too many people who would go and see Jared play the Joker again after Joaquin’s performance.

What do you think? Did you like Jared Leto’s version of The Joker? Would you see him in another movie? Let us know in the comments below.

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