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Leto as Joker - What About Ledger's Legacy?
It's been announced that Jared Leto will be the next Joker. He's been cast for the role of this most infamous of Gotham villains in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad. I'm a little torn. I really love Leto and his previous roles. He has definitely shown that he can play twisted figures, like in Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club. But I think Heath Ledger left some very tough shoes to fill with his legendary performance as the Joker before his tragic early death. I thought he was absolutely phenomenal and inventive in his portrayal. So much so that he won a posthumous Oscar and became a pop culture icon ("Why so serious?"). It hit me pretty hard when he died, because I followed his career as I grew up myself. I know, I can't very well expect that no one would ever play the Joker again. And actually I like the idea of Leto doing it better than other possibilities. But the casting news definitely also gave me a wave of sadness, like we are somehow really moving on now and putting aside Ledger's legacy. I hope thats not true, and I hope Leto will be great. There will be many Jokers to come, but to me, no one will ever be Heath Ledger ever again.
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I'm happy you said that, @FreshVeggie! I suspect that a lot of people feel the same way, and that will ensure that his role is never forgotten or replaced.
I really loved Ledger as the joker, too, but I think that it's also important that someone plays the role, sooner,rather than later! I think a lot of people fear it as a little bit cursed because of Heath's legacy. I think Leto will do a great job!!
That's a good way to look at it, @timeturnerjones. It makes me feel a little better!
I hated the ledger joker so leto has to do better if ledger wasn't dead his role as the joker would be a mistake in movie history