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.