Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Jared Leto and Margot Robbie may pair up as the Joker and Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad.”
Supposedly Margot Robbie is set to play Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s upcoming DC film, “Suicide Squad.” There have also been reports that Jared Leto is also being eyed to play the role of the notoriously iconic villain, the Joker. If both of these actors are paired together, we may have the best looking demented DC villains yet!
According to Collider, Margot Robbie’s role has been confirmed as Harley Quinn while Jared Leto is still being courted for the Joker. While Robbie could easily fall into the role of Harley Quinn, Jared Leto will have to tread carefully if he takes on the role of the Joker. Taking this role would mean that he would have to prove he’s worthy of being compared to greats like Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger. While Jared Leto has the capabilities as an actor, I feel as if he will initially be judged by his looks. Heath Ledger went through the same struggle when he was cast. Because of that, he went to great lengths to perfect the role and put those preconceived notions to rest. The question is, will Jared Leto be willing to go to those lengths? With that kind of pressure, the role could be a risky move for Leto’s recently Oscar-praised career.
As far as the pairing goes, I like it. I think that Margot Robbie has a lot going for her right now after “The Wolf of Wall Street” and this is a role she needs to keep the momentum going. Jared Leto seems to fit well as Margot Robbie’s counterpart but (as said) there is uncertainty as to how he would play the clown prince. With David Ayer (“Fury”) at the helm of “Suicide Squad,” I’m not expecting the dark maniacal characters that we’ve seen from Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan. “Suicide Squad” has a more structured, action-oriented theme behind it so for what it is, the Leto/Robbie Joker and Harley Quinn may fit very well. But that doesn’t mean that audiences have to like it.
This will also be the first time that we would see the Joker in a non Batman-centric film. If they are planning to have this film be the baseline for the character then it may be a tough pill for some fans to swallow. It would be very difficult for many to accept the Joker being introduced without his heroic counterpart. On the other hand, “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman” are both releasing in 2016. This means that some shooting could coincide and we may get a brief introduction to the Joker in “Batman v Superman” much like Marvel Studios has done with their character introductions.