Batwoman’s Joker Actor Reveals Advice Jared Leto Gave Him

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Batwoman actor Nick Creegan, who plays a new version of the Joker on the hit series, reveals the advice fellow Joker actor Jared Leto gave him.

Batwoman actor Nick Creegan reveals he received some helpful advice about playing the Joker from Jared Leto. Creegan joined the cast of Batwoman season 3 as Marquis Jet, the half-brother of hero Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie), who had a childhood encounter with the Joker. Over the course of the season, Marquis becomes a new incarnation of the Joker alongside the many reimagined Batman villains that popped up around Gotham City in Batwoman season 3.

The Joker is Batman’s arch-enemy and one of the most iconic supervillains in the world. Creggan is one of many actors to take on the role, following in the footsteps of Ceaser Romero and Cameron Monaghan as far as live-action TV depictions go, though Mark Hamill’s voicework in Batman: The Animated Series is often cited as one of the character’s best portrayals. For many years Jack Nicholson’s version of the character in 1989’s Batman was considered a quintessential depiction of the Joker and now both Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix have received Academy Awards for their portrayals of the character. Jared Leto, on the other hand, has not received the same warm response for his portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime. Leto played the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad and reprised his role for Zack Snyder’s Justice League where the actor came in for additional photography to film scenes that were not part of the original cut.

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It appears Creegan did appreciate Leto’s Joker as he took advice from the actor on portraying the iconic villain. In an interview with THR, Creegan reveals he ran into Leto before filming an episode of Batwoman and the actor encouraged him to have fun with the role. Creegan said he was not intimated to step into the role of the Joker despite the rich legacy and that he was more excited, something Leto encouraged. Creegan said:

“I met Jared Leto randomly before we shot episode 12 [“We’re All Mad Here”]. He asked me how I was feeling about it, as though he was waiting for me to say I was warned about the toll. I told him I was excited and having fun with it. He said, ‘Exactly! Try to go there. Go as deep as you can and have fun with it! Remember that this is art. This isn’t real life.'”

This is not the first time Creegan has referenced Leto’s Joker. He previously revealed that he dressed up as Leto’s Joker from Suicide Squad for Halloween as he was different from every other incarnation of the character. He revealed that the Marquis version of Joker’s sense of fashion was inspired by Leto’s Joker, but how he also drew inspiration from Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix’s Jokers. Since the version on Batwoman is not exactly the classic Joker but instead a character influenced by him and filling the Joker void, his character’s drastic reimagining is likely to go over better with audiences than Leto’s controversial portrayal.


Leto’s advice on having fun with the role highlights a strange sense of the actor’s idea of fun, for what was fun for him may have been uncomfortable for his co-stars. It was reported the actor’s attempt to stay in character translated to inappropriate behavior on set like sending used condoms and dead animals to his co-stars, a claim Leto tried to justify saying it was not inappropriate but done as a joke. This behavior, coupled with the poor reaction to his Joker means it’s unlikely Leto will be returning to the character anytime soon. However, the actor’s legacy does continue to live on in the rich tapestry of onscreen Jokers that have influenced the current incarnation on Batwoman.


Next: Was Jared Leto’s Joker in Ben Affleck’s Batman?

Source: THR

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