Jared Leto Wants His Joker To Mess With Henry Cavill’s Superman


On the surface, the outcome of Superman vs. The Joker seems like a no brainer with one being a superpowered alien, and the other a man in clown make up. When you look at the characters a little more closely, however, things start to get murky.

While The Joker is famously known for being the complete opposite of Batman, the same could also easily be said of Superman. One has a strict moral compass, the other possesses no such thing. One wants to save the world, the other wants to see it burn. One is physical, the other is mental. You get the idea.  If you were to put the two on screen together, it wouldn’t come down to Superman’s powers, but more likely the clown’s psychological mind games.

Jared Leto, the man behind Suicide Squad‘s take on the Clown Prince of Crime, just so happens to agree.

Leto has been very vocal about his version of the character since the premier of Suicide Squad, and during a round of Q&A at this summer’s Comic-Con, he was asked what he thought about his character taking on Superman.

Leto gave the following response:

“Ah, ‘Who?’ That would probably be his answer. ‘Super-who? Superboy? He sounds cute. Tights? A cape?’ Superman seems like a lot of fun though for the Joker. The Joker and Superman would be interesting to see onscreen because Superman’s so stoic and morally centred. I think that the Joker would really enjoy that. Superman is just the classic hero and the Joker opposite him would be really interesting.”

With the two characters being as opposite as night and day, the pair would certainly make for some interesting scenes together. Let’s just hope for The Joker’s sake they don’t decide try it during an Injustice storyline.

Source: IGN

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  • xxjinzaxx

    Haha. I want the Joker to mess with all of them. Watching their reaction to the crazy clown would be awesome.

  • Darthmanwe

    Uh-oh. Injustice gonna really happen….

  • Redford Jefferson Madison III

    I just don’t see it. This version of The Joker is some douchebag criminal guy. Seemingly resourceful sure, but not a threat psychologically in the way Ledger’s Joker almost endeared you to see his extreme world view.

    I’m not saying Leto’s acting was bad necessarily. I just don’t care for this interpretation of Joker that grounds him to “some bloke” rather than embracing the almost mythic reputation the character has.

    • You do realize that Ledger’s Joker, or more correctly, Nolan’s Joker, while retaining some of the look from the comics, is by far the farthest from it. He was a loner in Nolan’s movie, all about chaos. Ledger just did a great job acting out a anarchist. But Leto’s version is closer to the comic source. He’s erratic, up one minute smiling and laughing, down the next, stone faced and will just shoot anyone. He has a hangout, he has his thugs or minions (much like how Nicholson’s), he has a disregard for anything else, except himself, even the woman he loves, who he pushed out of the helicopter, thinking she would die, as deleted scenes will show. The theatrical version shows the copter getting hit before the push, but that’s not how it was supposed to go.

      My point is, despite the tattoos and patched up teeth, this version of the Joker (Leto) is really close to the recent New 52 (Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo) Joker. Which is great. Even down to the Tux and white flower (and Harley in her jester suit) like the popular Alex Ross painting.

      But as with anything, everyone has their own opinion, which is fine, just be sure to acknowledge the detail that Leto’s Joker brings to the table. While Heath was amazing, I felt more uncomfortable with Leto’s Joker who appeared to me as more threatening.

      • Redford Jefferson Madison III

        I’m not sure that comic accuracy is the metric that makes me like or dislike a cinematic interpretation. If Leto’s Joker is more akin to the New 52 Joker, then I probably would be disinterested in that characterisation too. I just don’t see how this Joker is a threat to be deal with by anyone but everyday Police in this fictional universe.

        • This Joker or the New 52 version isn’t a new take mentally. I was more referring to his physical look. As for his personality and just who he is, The Joker has been this way for years. Even back to when he killed Robin in “A Death in the Family” story arc. The Joker has never been a villain like Darkseid, Braniac, Mr. Freeze or any other villain that uses powers or devices that make them seem like a real threat. The thing that made Joker so scary was the fact he could be a real person who has just lost their mind. The police are not much of a threat, as they have to follow the law (at least in comics), the Joker however sees them as a mere inconvenience, where as Batman, he sees him like himself, someone who’s crazy, dresses up and hides his true self.

          Keep in mind too, that we saw very little of this Joker and his schemes. His only motivation in this film was to get Harley back and in the flashbacks, show how he made her who she is now. We have yet to see him orchestrate a plan to get Batman or create some big event that will shape Gotham, but in the end was only a distraction to get Batman’s attention. We need to see him on his own going after the Bat, not Harley and I think you’ll see why he’s a threat, beyond something that the police can handle.

          • Redford Jefferson Madison III

            Maybe the thing that makes Joker scary is subjective. For me, it’s not the fact the he could be a real person thats scary, it’s the notion that maybe I (or anyone else) could be seduced into his bleak way of seeing the world fairly easily – that we’re constantly walking a tight-rope between hope and apathy and Joker knows exactly how to give you that push into the dark. The idea that maybe the Joker isn’t crazy, maybe he makes more sense than anything in a world as desolate as Gotham City. This, for me is an important aspect in humanising Harley Quinn and contextualising Johnny Frost’s dedication to his boss. It’s also an enduring character trope in many iterations of the Joker in films and comics.

            Sure we didn’t see much of Leto’s Joker, but to me, he didn’t come off as a seductive or even a pervasive presence. I hope he earns his rivalry with Batman by being philosophically diametrically opposed in their beliefs. Maybe its retreading Nolan’s The Dark Knight. I dunno.

      • worldman2090

        why would joker make all that effort to go get harley quinn just to push her out of the helicopter?

        • Why does someone marry someone, pledge their life eternally, only to cheat on them? Obviously that’s a less severe metaphor, but you get the idea. The Joker is mentally insane. As I said before, he’s totally unpredictable, in that he loves her but one second later, he slaps her around and abuses her. Unfortunately, they cut those scenes, but they were some of the first to be leaked during filming. That all being said, Joker’s rage and unpredictability has been shown in comics for years. He’s finds death funny and no body matters but himself.

      • Casper Jean Rimbaud

        I agree. The scene in Joker’s club was disturbing because he was literally totally unpredictable. Every move he made was contrary to what a ‘normal’ person would do. The “you don’t want no beef?” scene was almost like looking at someone having a psychotic episode. I love this Joker. Reminds me a little of Drexl from True Romance.