For the uninitiated: This is a new weekly feature on the blog wherein I, I’m Jeffrey Rex, discuss all things DC. This is a test-run, however. Meaning that if this goes well, it’ll be a permanent fixture on I’m Jeffrey Rex in 2015, like Marvelous Monday is right now.
A couple of days ago I decided to jot down my thoughts on the casting of the new Joker, as well as talk about which actors I really wanted for the role. I’d like to preface this discussion by stating that Jared Leto was one of the actors I’d like for the role, but I never thought he’d do it, seeing as he loves touring with his band. So here’s the thing. Jared Leto should be a great Joker – why? Well, if you want someone to transform himself for the role – then you’ve found your guy. Requiem For a Dream, Chapter 27, Dallas Buyers Club. This man lives and breathes these roles. He is going to rock as the Joker. No joke.
But, in starting my little discussion of actors I eyed for the role – I’ve got to mention Ethan Hawke. Knowing that Ben Affleck was playing Bruce Wayne, I felt that they needed someone that didn’t look too young – and someone who could hold his own in scenes with Affleck. Ethan Hawke would’ve been perfect, like he would’ve probably been as Dr Strange.
Also, I love Andy Serkis – and seeing him go from Gollum to Caesar t0 live-action acting in The Prestige convinces me of the idea that Serkis could be an amazing Joker. The voices he could do, I mean, he should be able to have a wacky laugh, or something, in his repertoire.
Another thought that I had was that they should cast Ben’s brother as the Joker – yeah, that’s a wacky idea. Casey Affleck doesn’t have the greatest acting résumé (but I like him), so I wasn’t extremely high on this particular idea – though they should cast him as the Riddler…
Finally, I had two odd ideas. What if they took a former Batman, and made him his antagonist in the shared universe? Think about it. Christian Bale as the Joker opposing Affleck’s Wayne? That’d be awesome. Though after having seen Birdman, I think Michael Keaton might be a lot more interesting as an old Joker.
Who did you want to have as the new Joker? Are you happy with Jared Leto? Sound off in the comments
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