One of the great things about creating a shared universe is the fact that DC and Marvel can now mix and match their villains. While Marvel has done a stellar job of somehow keeping many of their villains cleanly consolidated within each of their respective superhero films, DC seems like they're okay with mixing in matching. Take BATMAN v SUPERMAN for instance. Yes, Superman was in the film, but Batman took a decidedly more central role -- so much so that it almost felt like Lex Luthor was more of a villain to Batman than he was to Superman. In a roundabout way, I'm saying the DC world doesn't seem to concerned with keeping their own villains closed off from interacting with other superheroes.
SUICIDE SQUAD saw a large expansion of the DC rogues gallery, which included the likes of the Joker, played by Jared Leto. While the Joker is very much a Batman villain, it's a fanboy's dream to see how he would interact with, say, Superman. It's only a matter of time until we do see this as a reality in the DCEU, but until then, we can only imagine. While making the promotional rounds for SUICIDE SQUAD, Leto was asked what his Joker would make of Superman.
Here's what Leto had to say:
“Ah, 'Who?' That would probably be [the Joker's] answer. 'Super-who? Superboy? He sounds cute. Tights? A cape?'
“Superman seems like a lot of fun though for the Joker. The Joker and Superman would be interesting to see onscreen because Superman’s so stoic and morally centred. I think that the Joker would really enjoy that. Superman is just the classic hero and the Joker opposite any her would be really interesting.”
When I think of the Joker and Superman, my mind goes straight to the events of INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US after the Joker kills Lois Lane. Superman is understandably inconsolable, and he goes on to...well, take a look for yourself.
While the Joker would indeed be the polar opposite of the goodnatured Superman, the Knightmare Batman sequence in BATMAN v SUPERMAN seems to allude to the events that follow in the aforementioned comic. In that otherworld, Superman goes crazy, kills the Joker, and takes over the world. In short, I'm not sure a confrontation with Superman would last too long for the Joker should the latter man push the former too far.
What do you think of Leto's comments? What do you think his version of the Joker would make of Superman? Let us know in the comments down below!
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