Suicide Squad: 10 Theories About Jared Leto’s Joker

Who exactly is he hurting really... really... bad?

The most talked-about character in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie by some distance, Jared Leto€™s Joker has attracted shed-loads of attention from the press and from fans. Some of it has been positive. Some of it, not so much. One thing everyone seems to agree on, though: there could be much more to this character than meets the eye. There seems to be a sense in the fan community that Leto's take on Gotham City€™s Clown Prince Of Crime could be weirder and less predictable than any version that has come before. Leto himself has fanned this flame by sending dead animals to his costars and coming up with gruesome analogies about the role ("it was like giving birth out of my pr*ck-hole," he told Empire). In light of this unconventional behaviour from Leto and the unhinged clips that have made the trailers, absolutely every detail of this new Joker has been discussed, from his weird tattoos to his as-yet-unknown origin story. And why has he mostly been on his own in the trailers? Every rumour monger and filmic theorist has their own idea about Leto's Joker. Some of them are really quite inspired. Here are ten of the best, at least a few of which are bound to end up being true€

10. The Joker Is The Thanos-Equivalent Of The DCEU

The big question hanging over Jared Leto€™s Joker is this: why isn't he in the trailers all that much? He hasn€™t interacted much with the other main characters, besides spending a couple of moments with Margot Robbie€™s Harley Quinn. He doesn€™t appear to a member of the eponymous Suicide Squad, but he might not be the main adversary for them in this film either. CinemaBlend has a theory for this. What if it€™s not just the trailers? What if he€™s actually not in the film that much at all? Could it be that the Joker is the DC Extended Universe€™s equivalent to Thanos, a powerful villain that will be teased over several films before himself taking centre stage? Given that the Joker is the biggest-name villain on the DC roster, this does sound like a plausible decision for Warner Bros to make. By teasing him here and unfurling the character later, the studio could hook audience members in, and encourage them to keep coming back next time to fork out more cash. It works for Marvel, after all. This would, of course, raise a few more questions: if the Joker is this big overarching villain, what€™s his grand plan that warrants more than one movie? Is this a more organised, forward-planning Joker than we€™ve seen before? What does he want, Ledger-style chaos, a huge criminal empire or something else entirely? Hopefully Suicide Squad will answer a few of those.

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