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Someone Explain To Me Why DC Is Making So Many Joker Movies

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 5, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | June 5, 2018 |


Sure, I defended Jared Leto’s Joker performance in Suicide Squad. I enjoy watching that movie and I don’t care. I did, however, rant endlessly about a Joker origin movie purported to star someone other than Leto. Now it turns out that Leto’s version of the Joker is getting a standalone movie and a team-up with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, AND a non-Leto Joker is getting the origin story.

What? Seriously, DC, what are you doing?

You are taking a character whose enigmatic insanity comes from a place of not knowing his origins and shitting on it. Then you’re doubling down on the character’s current cinematic iteration by delving deeper into his troubled relationship with a woman he used and abused for his own personal benefit. THEN he may be in a sequel to Suicide Squad? Honestly, you’ve lost any sense you may have once had, DC.

Did you know that there are other characters that you own that could have interesting stories to tell in a movie? Do you even realize that you have other options when it comes to villains? I’m down with as much Harley as you can give me, but twelve different Jokers fanning around in different movies? No. Let’s not. If I thought you would learn or grow the characters, I would be down. However, you just don’t know how to do that.

What you need, DC, is another reboot. Just burn it all down (except Robbie) and start over again. Hire people that aren’t white dudes failing upward into eternity and see if you can’t give it all another try. I’ll wait.

Jodi Smith is the Associate Trade News Editor at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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