Wednesday, 12 November 2014

SILVER LININGS COLUMN-Jokes On Jared! Leto To Play The Joker?

Suicide! Career suicide. That's what you'll surely get when someone tries to follow up playing The Joker after the late, great Academy Award winning Heath Ledger.

Even he received his fair share of hate before the rampant Twitter age when he was originally announced to play The Joker. A Batman character that everyone thought belonged to Mr. Nicholson only. Turns out they didn't know Jack...or Heath for that matter. He changed the character, made it his own and rewrote comic-book history, legend and legacy. Still even though he'll always be the Joker-with fans wishing they saw more-one day his clown make-up will have to be donned again.

How about another 'Best Supporting Actor' for the role? Someone with 'American Psycho', Christian Bale experience. Just as people where getting used to Ben Affleck being the new Batman, its been reported that Jared Leto may be the new Joker. Why so serious? The 'Fight Club' star who only takes a hiatus off from his mega stardom 30 Seconds To Mars band every seven years to make real movies is an acclaimed actor. A man who just won the gold for a gaunt and great 'Dallas Buyers Club', while his 'Best Actor' co-star Matthew McConaughey has just collaborated with 'Dark Knight' director Christopher Nolan on his 'Interstellar' future. Leaving an actor with magic to his method about to hold all the cards.

Now how about a magic trick? After Jake Gyllenhaal's skinny on the next Oscar win with 'Nightcrawler', you would think the old 'Brokeback' buddy of Ledger whose sister Maggie was in 'The Dark Knight' alongside Heath would be perfect for the role. Still lookalike Leto may be the one to follow Ledger, especially with Ryan Gosling dropping out. Its just like Jared to take on something like this and show Hollywood what he's really made of, more than music. Coming with DC Comics' 'Justice League' of 'Batman vs Superman' and all the Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman assembling that will come with it to battle rival Marvel's Avengers, will be the 'Suicide Squad'. Forget Spider-Man's 'Sinister Six', this villain movie, directed by David Ayer of formidable, 'Fury' fame could be led by Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. While superstars Will Smith and Tom Hardy (wait a minute...hasn't he already played a D.C. villain?) have all signed on. If that wasn't enough, 'The Wolf Of Wall Street's' Margot Robbie has just been inked to play the Joker's girlfriend Harley Quinn, beating out supermodel Cara Delevinge.

If that isn't enough for Jared to sign on like a dog chasing cars then I don't know what is. He may have been originally lined up for Benedict Cumberbatch's 'Doctor Strange', but whatever doesn't cast him, will simply make him stranger. In honour of Heath, Leto's about to show you how he got these scars.


Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern. That ladies and gentlemen is your ‘Hateful Eight’. The new, ‘Django Unchained’, Western follow up from Quentin Tarantino that is set to blaze saddles in the wild Hollywood west when it hits town. With plenty of Q.T. and Western pedigree, from ‘Pulp Fiction’ to ‘Justified’ back in the saddle this looks set to be another classic from a dynamite, dynamic director with real true grit. A man who from ‘Jackie Brown’ to ‘Inglorious Basterds’ had owned this generations great films.

And then there’s Tatum…

Reports are surfacing that Tarantino is eyeing up Channing Tatum for a role in this new movie. The young star that reversed his rom-com beginnings like a Matthew McConaughey and now holds the keys to the hugely popular ’21 Jump Street’ and ’Magic Mike’ franchises is generating Oscar buzz with his new ‘Foxcatcher’ film. If that wasn’t enough he’s also wrestling with the hugely popular Marvel Gambit character. Playing his cards right for a new solo film and the forthcoming X-Men ‘Days Of Future Past’ epic follow up ‘Apocalypse’ the guy who ironically started out his young, adult life stripping now has a future looking more successful than a role in Vegas. They’re just throwing money at him.

If this man joins Quentin’s epic ensemble, he’ll further his super soaring, star stock. The charismatic talent has already shown his outlaw ways with a classic cameo in Johnny Depp’s ‘Public Enemies’ as Pretty Boy Flloyd and now the Hollywood heartthrob has a chance to show the movie world what he’s really made of. From his ‘Coach Carter’ beginnings to his latest, deeper, darker ‘Side Effects’. The scripts keep coming for the man who flipped his career one. So much so that the worlds greatest director on the form of his life is taken notice. The only question now is, ‘what’s a new Quentin Tarantino film without Christophe Waltz?

Or Tatum’s ‘White House Down’ co-star Jamie Foxx for that matter! We need a ‘Channing All Over Your Tatum’ remix.

(Thank you for reading our new #SilverLinings column feature that takes the original, working title name for our #FilmsForFridays blog)

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