How Joker Could Factor Into The Suicide Squad Story

November 8, 2014 4:01 AM

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Heath Ledger may have stunned audiences with his award-winning portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight, but with the DC Cinematic Universe moving forward and a new Batman debuting, it’s practically inevitable that a new interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime in live-action is coming. Earlier today it was reported that Warner Bros. is looking at Jared Leto to play the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Obviously one of the big questions is whether the Dallas Buyers Club star is right for the role, but the bigger question is how the Joker will affect the story. It’s doubtful he would be part of the team, but the movie may be able to put him in a more unique position fitting his status as one of the greatest DC villains of all time.

Here’s the problem with including Joker as a member of the Suicide Squad: he’s too much of a wild card. For those not familiar, the Suicide Squad is a group of incarcerated supervillains who perform secret missions for the U.S. government in exchange for reduced prison sentences. While most villains...

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