Jared Leto’s Joker has been polarizing DC fans since the first image was released, revealing all those tattoos and questionable fashion choices. And while reviews of Suicide Squad have been negative, Leto himself has shouldered a generous share of the criticism. Basically, after all the bad behavior—pardon me, “method acting”—he brought to the role in the form of dead pigs, live rats, and used condoms, critics wondered, “Is that all there is?”
In the wake of the film’s debut Leto is defending his performance/behavior, noting that a lot of scenes were cut from the theatrical release, telling BBC Radio 1:
“I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene that it was probably more about filtering all of the insanity, because I wanted to give a lot of options, and I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie.”
But “insanity” isn’t all the Academy Award-winner feels he’s brought to the DCU. He also feels he’s introduced the class and elegance of David Bowie. No, seriously. Asked if he channeled any musicians for this “punk rock” performance, Leto told NME:
“I spoke to a writer, and we discussed David Bowie a bit. Not necessarily the music of David, but his class, his elegance, his timelessness. I don’t wanna say who the guy was, but he’s a famous writer in the world of DC [Comics]. Bowie was definitely one of the people we spoke about. I think David Bowie is probably an inspiration for almost anything you could do creatively.”
On some things, Leto, we agree. Bowie was a being of class.
But what does that have to do with this?
Bowie fans have been through enough this year.