Retconning Jared Leto’s Joker to be a model of Jason Todd could possibly be a DCEU game-changer.
When information broke that the Snyder Minimize of Justice League can be releasing on HBO Max, some followers had begun to double down on their luck and begin one other motion to launch the Ayer minimize of Suicide Squad. There was apparently numerous nice moments left on the chopping room flooring, together with much more of Jared Leto’s Joker. However as a substitute of rehashing that Academy Award-winning mess, the DCEU ought to take a a lot totally different course.
Given the always-changing ambiance the DCEU frequently finds itself in, the powers that be ought to contemplate retconning Jared Leto’s Joker to be Jason Todd, the second particular person to tackle the mantle as Robin. Whereas this principle unfold shortly on-line after the Suicide Squad trailer debuted, it was debunked by the filmmaker. But it surely’s not too late to make this extremely ideally suited flip of occasions canon.
We do know that the Robin swimsuit seen in Batman V. Superman within the Batcave belonged to Jason Todd, and the graffiti sprayed over it signifies the Joker was the killer. However there truly hasn’t been a lot clarification as to what went down when the second boy surprise bit the mud. So there’s numerous fo room to mess around with relating to this daring transition.
Whereas this transfer could seem too loopy, it has occurred a number of instances within the supply materials. Within the comics after Joker kills Jason Todd, he’s resurrected within the Lazarus Pit. However it’s identified that the consequences of the Lazarus Pit drive individuals insane, which might very properly justify Leto’s excessive strategy to the DC villain.
There may be loads of groundwork, surprisingly already in place, for this epic change. As an illustration, in a pivotal scene within the supremely flawed movie, Batman v. Superman, Bruce Wayne asks the query: “Twenty years in Gotham. What number of good guys are left? What number of stayed that means?” Many consider this could possibly be alluding to at least one Jason Todd.
The Joker’s look within the Suicide Squad movie additionally considerably assists this epic change to happen. Within the comics, The Clown Prince of Crime knocks Todd’s tooth out with a crowbar, which might clarify why the grill on Leto’s model displays that. There are additionally some cryptic messages together with his outrageous tattoo decisions, together with one on the bicep being a feather, presumably from a robin’s wing.
Whereas these bits assist, the massive query left is what to do about the one that is completely obsessive about Joker? Fortunately there’s a fairly simple workaround. Harley Quinn’s psychological state is, undoubtedly, a thriller, and he or she has been identified to listen to voices in her head.
Her relationship with Mr. J is all types of poisonous, and the psychological abuse the Clown Prince of Crime has put her by way of has in all probability taken a really traumatic tole on the previous psychiatrist. She very properly could not have the ability to inform the distinction between the 2. If she was concerned within the character’s preliminary homicide, as acknowledged within the opening of Suicide Squad, it’s not loopy to see her taking on with one other incarnation of Gotham’s most infamous psychopath.
And technically followers solely noticed the 2 collectively throughout a flashback and throughout the occasions of Suicide Squad. So its fully potential that Harley needed to make her puddin’ jealous by going after a youthful higher Joker, particularly if he’s certifiably insane, a trait which appears to drive Ms. Quinn wild.
Regardless that it appears this flip of occasions was destined to happen, there’s nonetheless one massive hurdle to beat. Leto reportedly wasn’t glad about how issues went down together with his position in Suicide Squad, claiming the studio wasn’t precisely forthcoming with their plans for his character. He additionally allegedly tried to cease Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker from occurring, presumably indicating he actually needed to go additional with the position.
Whereas it might be a stretch considering, the Academy Award-winner would return, contemplating he has taken his expertise to the competitors enjoying Marvel’s Mobius, The Residing Vampire. However there isn’t any denying, if accepted, it could possibly be an attractive alternative. It could possibly be what brings him again to the DCEU and permit him to go all out with out having to fret about his efforts turning into eclipsed by previous iterations. This is able to be one thing by no means earlier than tried in live-action.
Solidifying his Joker’s place within the franchise is one factor, however presumably introducing the Pink Hood down the road can be one thing followers have been desirous to be on the massive display screen for a while now. This darkish, brooding antihero of the Gotham’s prison underbelly with an inclination for hyper-violent vigilante Justice can be a killer position for Leto. They may even experiment with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dynamic between the 2 mindsets.
It looks like an actual waste having a gifted man like Leto enjoying such an iconic position, solely to by no means contact upon it once more, particularly since there’s a lot potential to maintain issues going. Even when it by no means occurs, we are able to at all times think about what might have been had these in control of the DCEU seen the true massive image. Fingers crossed this unattainable thought makes the minimize a while down the highway.