Suicide Squad has not been the beloved movie DC hoped it would be among the critics. Despite the reviews being decidedly mixed, it’s made a bunch of money at the box office.
It appears Suicide Squad does not have Jared Leto to thank for that bankroll. The internet has gone crazy talking about just how much they don’t like his rendition of The Joker. How disliked has he been?
He’s Not That Crazy
Things that are crazier than Jared Leto's Joker:— Julian McCullough (@julezmac) August 7, 2016
1. Trader Joe's parking lot in Silverlake
2. Animal style
3. A fart
4. Grand Rapids MI
It turns out this Suicide Squad version of the Joker is barely even referred to as the Joker. More often than not, Leto’s character is referred to as Mr. J, and he isn’t as crazy as fans normally expect the character to be. In fact, Leto’s Joker appears more of a mob boss than a loose cannon.
There are certainly parts of Suicide Squad that show how little he can be trusted to act rationally. Even those parts seem to show a sociopath who enjoys killing more than a total loon.
His On-Set Craziness Wasn’t Worth It
Jared Leto method acted and made every actor in suicide squad hate him for life for 8 minutes of screen time I'm obliterated.— sexj (@sexualjumanji) August 5, 2016
Jared Leto has talked a lot about how many scenes of his were cut from Suicide Squad. As io9 pointed out, he’s been rather nutty about his reaction to those cut scenes, often bringing up his own death as the only time we’ll likely see those scenes.
The Jared Leto Joker is only onscreen in SUICIDE SQUAD for like 7 minutes, which is the funniest possible payoff of all that media coverage— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 3, 2016
His Pranks Seemed To Annoy People More Than Anything Else
*jared leto opens a can of peanuts only to find maggots. He chuckles to himself.*— Amanda Brooke Perrin (@brookeperrin) August 6, 2016
"oh Jared, you've truly outdone yourself this time."
One of the big stories to come out of the Suicide Squad press junkets was that Jared Leto loved to stay in character as the Joker. One of the side effects of this was that he kept giving his castmates gifts that were a little weird.
I heard Jared Leto's Joker is so twisted that instead of using playing cards.....he uses Cards Against Humanity cards.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) August 4, 2016
At some point, it became clear there were his castmates in Suicide Squad did not enjoy the little tricks and gag gifts. The internet has done a very good job of showing just how over-the-top and not-over-the-top they thought Leto’s character was, both on screen and on set.
His Makeup Was Lame
just saw suicide squad and Jared Leto's joker is creepy as hell pic.twitter.com/fJaA5U3upO— dan mentos (@DanMentos) August 4, 2016
The Suicide Squad version of the Joker didn’t just draw ire because he wasn’t crazy enough. There were plenty of people who just didn’t feel as if he looked that much like the Joker. Some Twitter users showed their displeasure with some rather hilarious comparisons.
His Joker Was Toned Way Down
Some people believe the Suicide Squad version of the Joker wasn’t entirely Jared Leto’s fault. Rather, it was a conscious decision by the filmmakers to have a more toned down killer clown. Easily the best way to show displeasure in this decision was comparing him to Poochy from The Simpsons.
Crazy how much they toned down the Jared Leto in Suicide Squad pic.twitter.com/DXCU87yRRj— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 7, 2016
Others hinted they thought the studio made up for toning down the Joker in Suicide Squad by giving him other things to do. It’s not clear just why this would be a trade off Jared Leto would be okay with, but perhaps he was still in character and thought this would be a great trick.
twenty dollars says the dvd commentary for suicide squad tells us jared leto, in character as the joker, chose the movie's subtitle font— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) August 7, 2016
He’s Simply The Worst
Calling Jared Leto’s version of the Joker in Suicide Squad the worst is certainly not going out on a limb. Most of the movie-going public was unimpressed with what he had to do with the role since they saw the first preview.
Oh my god I just realized going from Heath Ledger as The Joker to Jared Leto is exactly what it would be like going from Obama to Trump.— Rob Fee (@robfee) August 7, 2016
It’s a safe bet those who were desperately hoping that once they saw the character in the context of the entire Suicide Squad movie, they would be able to truly enjoy his rendition were disappointed. There were certainly those who were more upset than others about the decisions Leto decided to make when it came to playing the beloved villain.
only redeeming thing about suicide squad is that jared leto's joker will be added to every "shittiest post-oscar role" listicle from now on— Pube Goldberg (@PubeGoldberg) August 6, 2016
It’s pretty clear that if there were a list to be made of the best actors to ever play the Joker, Jared Leto would not be on it. That is one of the reasons Suicide Squad has struggled with the critics and fans the way it has.
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