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|“||Careful. Do not say this oath…. thoughtlessly. Desire becomes surrender, surrender becomes power. Do you want this?||„|
|~ The Joker to Dr. Harleen Quinzel, while convincing her to jump in a vat of chemicals|
|“||Let's go home.||„|
|~ The Joker to Harley Quinn, after breaking her out of Belle Reve|
The Joker is a major antagonist at the DC Extended Universe. He serves as the main tertiary antagonist of the 2016 superhero film Suicide Squad, the third installment of the DCEU. He is Batman's archenemy, the lover of Harley Quinn, and he is a psychopathic crime lord and terrorist mastermind.
He is portrayed by Academy Award winner actor, singer and co-founder and vocal leader of "30 Seconds to Mars" ,Jared Leto.
Flashbacks in the film reveal that Joker manipulated psychiatrist Dr. Harleen Quinzel into falling in love with him during his time as a patient at Arkham Asylum. He eventually manages to convince her to free him, and after his men take over the asylum, he gives Dr. Quinzel electroshock therapy. Quinzel then volunteers to jump into the chemicals that created the Joker, bleaching her skin and completing her transformation into his lover, Harley Quinn. The Joker and Harley would then be known as the "King and Queen of Gotham". However, Quinn is ultimately apprehended by Batman, and is forced to join Amanda Waller's government task force comprised of captured supervillains.
In present day, the Joker attempts to extract Harley from the "Suicide Squad". He tortures one of Waller's security officers into leading him to the facility where the nano bombs used to control the criminals are manufactured, and threatens one of the scientists there to disable the bomb implanted in Harley's neck. Joker then gives the security officer a cell phone to give to Harley, so that he can signal her when to escape. After commandeering one of Waller's helicopters, Joker and his men rescue Harley in Midway City. However, the chopper is shot down. While Harley jumps out onto a nearby building, Joker seemingly perishes in the explosion, prompting a heartbroken Harley to rejoin the Squad. At the end of the film, the Joker, revealed to have survived the crash, breaks into Belle Reve prison to free Harley from her cell, and the two reunite before Joker says, "Let's go home."
- He is the fourth live action adaptation of the DC supervillain Joker.
- Unlike many versions of the Joker, this version has no Glasgow Smile.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a vandalized Robin costume is seen on display in the Batcave, with the message "Ha ha! Joke's on you, Batman!" , showing that the Joker was responsible for killing him. In Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn's introduction states that she was an accomplice to said Robin's death.
- Also, the Joker is indirectly mentioned by Bruce Wayne to Clark Kent, when he states that Gotham City has a bad history with "freaks who dress like clowns".
- In April 2015, Jared Leto posted a photo of himself as the Joker holding up a camera, referencing the cover of the acclaimed graphic novel The Killing Joke.
- In response to criticisms regarding the Joker's minimal screen time in the film, Jared Leto revealed that many of his scenes were omitted from the final cut.
- After the film's release, Leto reprised his role as the Joker in the music video "Purple Lamborghini", by Skrillex and Rick Ross, from the film's soundtrack.
- This version of the Joker seems to be less abusive towards Harley Quinn, and his primary objective in the film is extracting her from the squad. But in a piece of unused footage, the Joker is shown slapping her after she chases him down on a motorcycle. And a cover on a magazine showed the Joker scolding Harley in a scene that was also cut from the final film.
- Many fans assumed early on that the Joker was to be the main antagonist of Suicide Squad, but this was later proven false. Despite the Joker being one of the most evil villains in the DC Extended Universe, he was outranked to tertiary antagonist by the film's true main villains.
- He is similar to The Ghost of 22 Jump Street:
- They were drug dealers.
- They used aliasses instead of their real names (although Ghost's real name was revealed but not the Joker's).
- They were powerful criminal masterminds and had a female accomplice (Harley Quinn and Mercedes Nillsen respectively; although Quinn was the Joker's lover and Mercedes was Ghost's daughter).
- They survived the explosion of their helicopters for unknown reasons, leaving the fates of their henchmen unknown.