Mark Hamill Reacts To Jared Leto’s Joker

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Mark Hamill is of course best known for his portrayal of Luke Skywalker in the Original Star Wars trilogy, and now its sequels as well. But if he were to have another, it would be the voice of the Joker. A role he has played in numerous animated shows and video games, most notably the acclaimed 1990s Batman animated series, the series that birthed the Joker’s partner and love-interest, Harley Quinn. Harley made her live-action film debut this year in Suicide Squad, which also provided audiences and fans with a brand new interpretation of the Joker by Academy Award winning actor, Jared Leto.

Leto’s DCEU version of the Joker has been a topic of much debate from the first image released to the mixed reaction to the final cut of the latest DC movie. Leto himself was disappointed with the amount of Joker that was cut from the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad and most fans were torn about the tattoo covered, gangster style Joker portrayed on screen. Hamill’s animated version is often cited as the definitive Joker portrayal and in a recent interview gave up a few quotes about Leto’s version of the character.

“Everyone brings a different spin to the character and you have to look at each script separately, I don’t think there’s a definitive version of the Joker and I don’t think there can be. It’s like Hamlet, really. It’ll be constantly redefined.”

Hamill had previously said that he loved Leto’s version and that he hasn’t seen a “terrible” interpretation yet. Hamill explained, the key to enjoying all the various iterations of the Clown Prince of Crime was to look for what each version needed to be in that particular moment or medium. Hamill mentioned how Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker was completely different to Jack Nicholson’s, simply because it had to be. The same could truly be said about Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad.

Source: Polygon (via ComicBook.com)

Chris Hartmann

Chris Hartmann

Chris Hartmann is a fanboy writer here at Heroic Hollywood, currently based in Vancouver, BC.

  • MarVin

    This is only my opinion and I respect the others. Here’s my thing, Jared Leto Joker to me was a mix of Jack Sparrow and a Drugged person, I didnt like it at all, it was too cartoonish and the faces were so exagerated.

    I hope that Jared dont come back as the Joker, also WB and him are not in good terms.

    The only good things about the Suicide Squad movie were Harley, Deadshot, El Diablo, Katana and Amanda Waller. IMO

    • Maxi Iroh

      Katana did nothing in the movie.

      • Matias Gagliardone

        Sadly

      • SAMURAI36

        They showed her origin scene, which was cool.

    • SAMURAI36

      I hope that Jared dont come back as the Joker, also WB and him are not in good terms.

      I respect your opinion about the Joker (although I completely disagree), as we are all entitled to our own opinions. However, that does not mean you can make up stuff. There is no proof whatsoever that Leto and WB are not “on good terms”.

      Also, Leto is slated to return as Joker for the Batman film, so there’s that.

      The only good things about the Suicide Squad movie were Harley, Deadshot, El Diablo, Katana and Amanda Waller. IMO

      You mean, the rest of the movie?

      • Chris Schroeder

        Not The first one, right?

        • SAMURAI36

          I don’t think so. Although, the rumor has been that he may at least make a cameo in the first film.

          • Chris Schroeder

            Honestly, like we talked about before, I neither hate nor like Leto’s take on the joker. I just didn’t get enough screen time with him to form an opinion, which I think is good because SS WASN’T his movie like so many people seem to think.
            I’d love him in a solo Batman movie, but definitely no the first, especially if Deathstroke is going to be in it. I don’t want it to feel bloated or over use the joker

          • SAMURAI36

            I agree that we didn’t get enough Joker, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Since the DCEU is all about world-building, we all know he will show up sooner or later, especially if a Harley movie is coming down the pipeline.

            However, I have no problem with the 2-villain formula for movies like this. Besides, if Deathstroke is in the Batman film, then he’s clearly not a mastermind type of character. He will likely be hired by someone to try to kill Batman, and that someone will likely be the main villain of the film.

          • Chris Schroeder

            True, but I don’t see Leto’s joker being the type to hire out like that. Someone more along the lines of the Black Mask would be something I could see happening. Or maybe Hugo Strange?

            I’m all for them adding more and more from the Rogue’s Gallery, instead of the run of the mill Joker, Penguin, Scarecrow, Riddler we always get. A fresh take on Mr Freeze would be awesome (minus all the ice puns hahaha).Victor Zsasz would be another cool one to have as a B list villain during the movie. Visually Clay Face would be so awesome to see on screen,

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, Black Mask is definitely more of the villain that I had in mind. In fact, I wouldn’t mind at all, if they went more the the Arkham route, since they seem to be borrowing from other DC source material for the DCEU.

            And yeah, it’s high time we got Clay Face in the movies. I’m even hoping they go for a true Court of Owls story as well.

            But remember, we are supposed to be getting another Batman trilogy, so the possibilities are endless.

    • Napi

      Dont forget Boomerang