Why the Jared Leto “Joker” Origin Movie is Actually a Genius Idea

Matthew Loffhagen
Warner Bros
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In the time since Jared Leto’s “Joker” movie has been announced, fans of comic book movies have had plenty to say.

Not much of it has been particularly positive.

There is a widespread belief that Leto’s performance of the Joker in “Suicide Squad” made a bad film worse, and that he’s basically the worst actor in the world.

This is hard to deny, and yet, I find myself defending Warner Bros’ decision to make this movie.

Why? Because sometimes the world needs a devil’s advocate. And sometimes, even the Joker needs a little support.

(I’ll just leave this here:)

Second Time’s The Charm

When it comes to playing the Joker, Jared Leto is hardly history’s favorite actor. But, then, Heath Ledger was always going to be a tough act to follow.

This is why it makes sense to give Leto a second chance. He’s barely in the final cut of “Suicide Squad”, and it’s clear that his performance suffers from a lack of directorial focus.

Leto didn’t know what he ought to do on-set because David Ayer didn’t tell him. Hence the zaniness that doesn’t quite gel.

Jared Leto Joker Suicide Squad
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It makes sense, then, to give Leto the chance to redeem himself, with a far more competent director and a more focused script to work from.

With the right plan in place, Leto could do something worth watching, and, in so doing, fix part of the DCEU that really could do with some tidying up.

I like many of the fan theories that about regarding Leto’s version of the Joker. Some suspect that he might actually be Jason Todd, one of Batman’s former Robins, and that he was turned into the Joker by an original, earlier supervillain who used that name.

This would make for a good film, and seeing Jared Leto undergoing this transformation would certainly make for compelling viewing. Especially if another, more well regarded actor played an older Joker in these scenes.

But perhaps the best reason to give Leto another shot at this job, is the kind of nonsense he’ll get up to behind the scenes.

Rumor Has It

Jared Leto has earned a reputation as a very serious actor. Not a necessarily talented actor, but one who takes his role exceptionally seriously.

The lengths Leto goes to make him sound like an absolutely terrible person to work with.

His behavior on the set of “Suicide Squad” was enough to get any normal person fired, or indeed, arrested for harassment. Sending a used condom to a colleague as a gift is never, ever, ever a good idea.

But, then, Leto got his comeuppance when he was cut from all but a few minutes of the final film. He was not happy about this at the time, as interviews show.

I kind of want to see Warner Brothers suffer for their decision to work with Leto again. I want to see a truly bizarre actor come up against a studio he has actively railed against in press junkets.

This truly sounds like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, and I want to see what happens next.

Maybe that’s not enough reason to justify making this movie, but it’s the best I can come up with.

Sometimes, dumb movies get made. This is one of those times.

There’s nothing to be done but to sit back and enjoy the ride.