First Look at Jared Leto as The Joker in The Suicide Squad

So….here it is. This is the next Joker. DC, in their cinematic universe, is certainly proving…bold. Like the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, this is polarizing and my first reaction to it was not positive. At all. But, what can I really tell of the performance and the take on the Joker Leto is going to give from this photo? Not much. It’s a bold redesign and so was Ledger’s. But the only way Ledger made us forget Jack Nicholson was untouchable and irreplaceable as The Joker was to take the character in a completely different direction. The Joker endures as the greatest comic villain because he has as many aspects and incarnations as any character in fiction. Leto has to do his own thing because any attempt to mimic Ledger, Nicholson or even going back to Caesar Romero are futile attempts to mimic a perfected incarnation of the Clown Prince. So I’m going to reserve my judgment until I see a performance, until I hear lines delivered, until I hear cadence and watch how the character lives and breathes. The Suicide Squad will be the third DCCU film after Man of Steel and BvS. It is Directed by David Ayer and also stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jai Courteny, Common, Viola Davis and others and will release August 6, 2016.

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