Total Nerd Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker  

Jason Robbins
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List Rules Vote up the actors you'd most like to see play the Joker in future DC movies.

After his performance as the Joker in Suicide Squad was met with tepid reviews, Jared Leto declared he felt "tricked" into the role. So how about some idle speculation as to who could play the Joker in future Batman movies and DC cinematic universe films? After all, it appears Leto has soured on the gig, and movie studios are historically unforgiving when actors air dirty laundry from behind the scenes.

Should the role be recast, who could take on the mantle of the Clown Prince of Crime? Several factors need to be taken into consideration, as it must be assumed that Suicide Squad, and Leto's take on the character, will remain canon within the franchises, even in the case of a semi-reboot. So, the Joker must be played as a "hip" take on the classic Batman villain. After all, it has to be believable that Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and he share a fiery romance. And, of course, the new actor must have the range to play dangerously unhinged, capable of going from calm to manic in a heartbeat.

Here, without further ado, is a list of fantasy Joker actors. Vote up the actors you can most clearly see wearing green and purple as they face off against Ben Affleck's Batman.

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Mickael Kent added Finding Nemo, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2

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Iwan Rheon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Wild Bill, Wasteland, Game of Thrones

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271 159
Cameron Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
sullivanjc added Click, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The Giver

Played Jerome Valeska on Gotham

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708 681
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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622 600
Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Back to the Future, Alice in Wonderland, Back to the Future Part II

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509 547
Evan Peters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
kyle-goldson added X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kick-Ass, Never Back Down

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573 665
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda

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524 613
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

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375 579
Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Mr. Robot, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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366 575
Sam Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Moon, Iron Man 2, The Green Mile

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376 602
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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302 480
Walton Goggins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Django Unchained, The Bourne Identity, Lincoln

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307 533
Frank Dillane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, In the Heart of the Sea, Fear the Walking Dead

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269 513
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

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271 530
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, 10 Things I Hate About You

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228 484
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
King Kong, Natural Born Killers, The Pianist

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197 418
Gustaf Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Way Back, Evil, Arn – The Knight Templar

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191 458
Sharlto Copley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
District 9, Elysium, Maleficent

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211 547
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Starship Troopers, The Smurfs, The Muppets

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169 433
Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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209 554
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street, Tropic Thunder

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169 443
Aaron Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Mission: Impossible III, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Need for Speed

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152 403
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

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209 576
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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161 496
Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me, Forgetting Sarah Marshall