How Jared Leto’s DCEU Joker Can Be Fixed

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To say the DCEU’s Joker has been met with unanimous approval would be blatant lying. Out of all the characters introduced in the new cinematic universe, he’s undoubtedly received the most flak. Considering he’s supposed to be one of the major villains in the Batman mythology, something needs to be done to fix this—and fast. We look at five ways the DCEU can fix the Joker.

Burn his face

I defended the Joker’s controversial tattooed look for Suicide Squad, thinking the aesthetic choices would be explained in the film. But we got nada. David Ayer has said it’s because each tattoo tells a story, so where’s the story? How about actually including it in the film and not telling us about it afterwards?! When you mess with a classic character’s look, you better have a good reason. And Ayer and his team had none, apart from “it’ll look cool, bro”.

So how do we get rid of the stupid ‘damaged’ and ‘J’ tattoos on his face? Well, initially, the peeling off the face angle from “Death of the Family” crossed my mind, but that’ll be too dark for the universe’s new direction. So maybe the film-makers could use one of those deleted scenes from Suicide Squad where the character gets his face burnt. Since the character’s a nutjob, he could jump into another tub of acid or even undergo plastic surgery to fix his mug. At least this way we won’t have to stare at Juggalo Joker again.

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Change his attire

Tying in with the above, what the hell was up with the Joker’s MC Hammer outfit in Suicide Squad? Put some clothes on him, and try keep with the same motif as the character’s traditional look. The tux in the helicopter scene was a step in the right direction, but the purple suit needs to make a comeback. Also, the steel teeth are fine for now, but I wouldn’t be adverse to him getting some dental work done.

While they’re at it, please get rid of that awful purple car. That was cringeworthy and about as on the nose as the ‘damaged’ tattoo.

Sever his ties with Harley Quinn

Yes, all the teenage girls on Twitter will be devastated, but who cares. The Joker is a psychopath—and his relationship with Harley is abusive and toxic. This shouldn’t be glamorised as a relationship goal or whatever. End of story. Considering the DCEU’s desire to be more fun and light-hearted, this relationship cannot exist in this universe unless the Joker’s made to be more empathic and lovey-dovey (which goes against the very grain of the character).

Separating the two could allow each character to flourish individually as well. Obviously references can be made to their past relationship, but there’s really no need to keep them together for any reason. With Harley appearing in the Gotham City Sirens film, this could be a terrific opportunity to split them up for good.

Flashpoint

Out of all the options, this one might be the hardest to pull off. While a lot of fans have called for the angle to be implemented in the DCEU, can you imagine how confused the general audience will be? The Flash TV series had several episodes to do its own version of it, but it was still watered down from the source material. How exactly do you do this in a film without it becoming a convoluted mess?

DCEU's Joker Jared Leto

Recast

Jared Leto has made it very clear he’s upset about all his scenes being cut in the Suicide Squad film. Truth be told, I don’t think any additional screen time could’ve saved the character in the film. It’s not that Leto is a horrible actor—quite the contrary—but does he want to be a part of the DCEU? If not, it’s time to cut the losses.

For the direction of the DCEU, the actor portraying the Joker needs to look more at Jack Nicholson’s version for inspiration, rather than Heath Ledger’s. Ledger’s portrayal worked for the tone of the trilogy; however, Nicholson’s is closer to where the DCEU wants to go. Let’s hope the boardroom meetings at Warner Bros. are spent discussing more about the character’s story than his edgy look.

Do you think the DCEU’s Joker can be saved?

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43 Comments on "How Jared Leto’s DCEU Joker Can Be Fixed"

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Marius Alex Annandale
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Before I saw the ending of the film I actually had hoped that it was going to play out as follows: Harley still thinks the Joker is dead and she actually moves moves on and kinda starts see how her life is better without him (this will play a lot on the “do not take this oath in vein” or what ever line he gives her before she dives into the tub of white paint) But of course he isn’t actually dead. He’s lying in some underground hospital where he’s face actually got messed up pretty bad and now he… Read more »
Sergio Pereira
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@Marius: That’s actually a really good suggestion. I could see that fixing a lot of problems with the character.

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Just make it so “the joker” is Jason Todd gone crazy and the real joker (William Dafoe) shows up and murders JT. Problem solved and it ties into the whole thing.

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Erm there’s nothing wrong with the joker it’s u that needs to be fixed

The Troll Patrol
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Maybe someone can fix your nuts so your stupidity doesn’t spread either.

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Cast somone else

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I don’t have nuts m8 I have grapefruits

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Get that checked out.

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I have it’s normal

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No wonder you’re so hard for Jared Leto. You’ve got blue balls, son.

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Nah must of been a allergy,besides I’ve been a joker fan for over 30 years way back to the 60’s joker I even passed a art degree on the subject leto’s joker is a small fish in a big pond

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Pity you couldn’t pass a basic English test.

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Auto spell it’s a bitch on a iPod touch sigh

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kill him with fire

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Theres nothing wrong with the joker. The problem is that he wasn’t given enough screen time to convince us

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But there was nothing wrong with letos joker .. everyone needs to keep there dummys in & shut up lol

Paola
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I’m ok with Joker in SS. Jared did an good job, he just need more screen time. Idk if he will come back because is piss off and is right but i hope he will because i really need and would like to see more about The Joker. About Joker and Harley, i disagree. Personally i wish to see their whole back story and see more their relationship because is not only about abuse who comes from both, but their dynamic is something unique and special who deserve to be explored. Joker feelings are not simplex but really complex, anyway… Read more »
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Recasting is a bit too extreme, he just needs to be written better. I can imagine him pulling off those violent torture scenes on Jason Todd and shooting Barbara Gordon would be fantastic

Leon Liebenberg
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Lee, are you a girl? I hope so as that would explain the grapefruits comment, if not, I would suggest seeing a doctor. Soon.
I disagree with Joker and Harley not being able to work. It encapsulates the level of their dysfunction. I think it would be fantastic to see that relationship play out. Sure you’re going to get some feminists upset, but really if it’s not this it’ll just be something else.

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So much

Conner Sennett
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As to your point about them not being together: it’s fiction, you realize that right? Realistically it’s a bad relationship and shouldn’t happen. But this isn’t real life and many people grew up on Joker x Harley thanks to the comics and cartoons.

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NO!

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Before I saw Suicide Squad I had expected and accepted the fact that Jared Leto’s Joker was Jason Todd. It made perfect sense from the trailers too. They F’d up major.

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That would have made total sense and would be a great twist or reveal.

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Kill him off. Fixed

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never have the joker in any of the new DCEU content.

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Kill him off

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I love Jared leto joker ledgers joker not so much because he wanted to die as that joker but Jared leto joker does not want to die

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When she’s doing a good deed. *giggity*

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Fix??? I love this version, he is actually scary

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You guys do know we have only seen like 15 mins of him in the whole universe, right? CALM YOUR HONKAS HONKAS

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I still think they should have gone with the Jason Todd joker, leaving some wiggle room to play it out a little and recast and introduce the Joker that killed Todd… Solves the Suicide Squad disaster and opens way for a different Joker…

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He was perfect and the right amount of crazy not dark like heath ledger but still perfect

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Probably my favorite joker. Don’t see where he needs fixed. They havnt shown enough of him for there to really be anything broken. People just need something to complain about..

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Scott Atkins for batman!!

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His joker was the best yet!!

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No. Fuck him!!!

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Spoiler:It can’t

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Doesnt need fixed .. just needs more screen time , he looks badass ! Fk the haters

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Leto is not the problem, it’s the plot and director. The DCEU is slowly coming together.

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He needs make up and a clowny grin and more spikey hair cut less ghetto gold grill teeth.

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