Why The New Joker Deserves A Standalone Movie

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Suicide Squad was a messy but enjoyable film, but anyone saying The Joker didn’t steal the film is lying to themselves and you. Though given very limited screen time, Jared Leto’s creepiness pervades those few frames and lingers with you long after he walks away. People who go in comparing him to other Jokers or hoping he would just be a carbon copy of past Jokers aren’t doing it right. He is a cover song, the Joker, and all people play that song a little bit differently. What Leto adds to the part is a sort of psycho-sexual charm lacking in the last few. This is the first Joker to have Harley Quinn in a film, and the reason might be, this is the Joker most likely to steal your girlfriend. Yes, it is different, but that doesn’t mean bad.

Think of this Joker as a mix between Fred Astaire and Marilyn Manson. He is well-spoken, well-dressed (in a ‘rapper who shops at Hot Topic’ kinda way) and feels like his chaotic presence could choke you, just by standing next to him alone. Add to that the simple fact that this is the most charismatic Joker we have seen on-screen yet, and DC has the chance right now to do what NO comic book movie has done yet and give their main bad guy a movie all to himself (and hopefully, a little Harley, too).

Not only will that give us more time with this new Joker (and that awesome new laugh he gave him) but maybe then  they can show us some of the tragic things that happened between Bats and Joker BEFORE Dawn of Justice even begins (like killing Robin, for example). All I am saying is, DC, you got gold here, and he might be your saving grace.

The clown prince will reign once again, and he deserves his own film to do so. Don’t you think it is about time we get a Joker movie? Hit up comments and let me know I am not alone in this.





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14 Responses to Why The New Joker Deserves A Standalone Movie

  1. I would have to disagree. Now I am not one of those people that will bash Jered Leto’s performance in the movie as he did bring a new take on a very classic character and I like that. Much like how I felt Jack Nicholson added to the performance of Cesar Romero which followed through to Heath Ledger, I still feel Leto’s was missing something. After a couple of days I realized that the recent Joker is missing one thing and that is happiness.

    To me the Joker given all his ups and downs, defeats and victories can always (and pardon the pun) keep a smile on his face. It was this underling happiness and fun I felt was missing in what we saw on screen, Now yes I can see the point that he only received about 10 minutes of screen time, but it was his final scene that gives me hope that what may have been cut from the final movie that maybe, just maybe, he played the clown prince of crime as the guy who had that one bad day and refuses to allow it to make who he is by diving deeper into his own madness.

    I will hold full judgment until I can see the outtakes and deleted scenes, but as of right now and from what I have seen, a stand alone Joker film will be yet another dark and gritty DC film that doesn’t need to be dark and gritty.

  2. You’re alone in this.

    Okay, probably not. But seeing that hideous Joker face was the moment I decided I wasn’t even going to bother with this movie. He looks like a Juggalo robbed Hot Topic. And that isn’t even taking into account that his on-set behavior was so horrible that Viola Davis was ready to Mace him. Even if they made a Joker standalone movie, good luck finding people to star in it with him.

  3. I was surprised to find someone who liked this version of the Joker. So much so, that I came out of the corner I usually lurk in on this site. I was one of the many who did not enjoy Leto’s performance. It wasn’t his appearance, (I actually thought it was an interesting direction), and it wasn’t an attachment to Heath Ledger’s Joker (I didn’t particularly care for his version either). It was more that I didn’t feel this Joker was mentally unstable at all – just pretending to be. He felt almost like he had built up this online persona, and was now out in public trying to pretend he was as dangerous as he’d said he was. In fact, he probably would’ve been a more compelling character if they had went this route. Like I said, I didn’t really care for Heath Ledger’s Joker, but there was a feeling of revulsion there for just how disturbed he was (probably part of the reason I didn’t like him).

    • Screw that, he killed it. Anyone who is a fan of Frank Miller’s revision or Mark Hamill’s voice acting know that this is where it should have been all along.

      This was the Batman that they could never air on TV, Frank Miller’s insane fest or murder, rape, and debauchery. A Joker that is actually unpredictable, and straight up believable as a boss of a gang of killers.

  4. Loved the movie and Joker had a presence, he was threatening, he was in control. You just sat there wondering what he would do next. the uncertainty is what makes joker interesting. He may act normal sometimes but there is always that edge and leto got it right.

  5. Uhm…. How about… We have a film starring Harley and Jocker would be her supportive character for a change? And then we get to see a hint to Poison Ivy, and maybe one more film that would lead to a Harley-Ivy-Catwoman bad musketeers kinda film.

  6. I disagree. This hollow version of the Joker is just a one-dimensional fake without any believable character. Also he looks like someone just took a good portion of Marilyn Manson, added some color on top of that and called it the Joker. The looks like a compilation of some good ideas (like the smiling hand), mixed in a way that doesn’t quite fit. Did I mention that he lacks character?
    Unfortunately the other characters of suicide squad weren’t really any better, they all lacked depth and on top of that they were totally unfunny. Instead of that DC delivered tons of special effects.
    I already can’t remember any details of that movie. But I can still remember Heath Ledger’s Joker (The Dark Knight) doing the magic trick when he makes the pencil disappear…

  7. I would personally disagree, LETS BE HONEST, the films we have today Don’t like to let the villain go unpunished, every film we’ve had so far the big bad show’s up, the big bad gets knocked back down. The Joker is more integral to DC than a one shot villain. Because of this he needs to kept on the side lines, much more like a Sinister Nick Fury than a Thanos but both of these character’s are still around and loveable BECAUSE their role is spread across numerous films. as soon as you have Batman punch Joker in the face, it’s going to destroy the character’s presence and grandeur. Sooner or later it is going to happen, it just doesn’t need to be sooner rather than later.

  8. The Joker ? The Angrier … I can’t remember even one joke coming from him, the Joker must laugh somehow and tell crazy jokes. This character was just a perturbed tattooed man …

  9. I personally didn’t care for Leto’s joker at all. He came across as a bisexual, emo gangster, which is not the Joker in my mind. His dark perverse style did not fit with the tone of the film. His moments in the film were my least favorite of the movie. Harley was the stand out star of the Suicide Squad for me. I would say that I wouldn’t mind seeing a Harley film except it would inevitably include Leto’s joker in large amounts which would be enough for me to skip it.