Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad is still a popular Google search term. Appearing in 2016, the Joker served as an antagonist in Suicide Squad, eventually breaking Harley Quinn out of prison.
Joker has always been a popular character, but he has seen some notable mainstream attention as of late. This is due to the Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker, which has been shattering the box office. Because of the acclaim given to Phoenix's portrayal, many fans are comparing the different Joker film appearances. Jared Leto's portrayal of the character has been compared unfavorably by fans. Although ending up one of the more memorable aspects of Suicide Squad, the Jared Leto version received backlash early on when an official image was released. Fans criticized the tattooed look, and even director David Ayer later said putting the "Damaged" tattoo was going too far. Still, this version was liked by some, and is a popular search term today.
According to an analysis on Google searches (via SEMrush), many Joker searches are in relation to Suicide Squad. One top search is "Suicide Squad Joker," which receives 60,500 average monthly searches. In addition, "Suicide Squad Joker costume" has 18,100 average monthly searches, and "Suicide Squad Joker tattoos" receives 6,600.
A few more general Joker-related data reveals "how did the joker get his scars" and "how to do joker makeup" are two notable searched questions. Although some may be surprised to learn that Leto's Joker is still a popular search term, it begins to make sense when considering different factors. The current Joker film certainly creates interest in previous film adaptions, and fans are probably wondering when Leto will return as the character, considering he is the Joker in DC's cinematic continuity.
It's not known when Leto will return as the villainous clown. Warner Bros. has not confirmed any appearance coming up. The character will be mentioned in Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), as seen in the film's trailer. However, it has not been revealed if Leto will appear in the flesh. It is up in the air what the studio will do with the character, and if he will get to battle a version of Batman at some point. Although the Suicide Squad incarnation of the Joker is considered by many to be the black sheep, Leto brought some interesting aspects to his portrayal. It would be a shame if he isn't given the chance to be the primary antagonist of a film. In the meantime, fans of Leto will get to see him portray the vampire protagonist in Morbius next year.
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- The Suicide Squad (2021) release date: Aug 06, 2021
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