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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1,148 820
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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698 645
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 3 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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608 567
Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 4 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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207 146
Cameron Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 5 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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474 527
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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537 647
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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501 597
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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353 556
Sam Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Moon, Iron Man 2, The Green Mile

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352 557
Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 10 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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294 461
Walton Goggins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Django Unchained, The Bourne Identity, Lincoln

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352 580
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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298 515
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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256 494
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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262 509
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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195 404
Gustaf Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Way Back, Evil, Arn – The Knight Templar

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213 471
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
King Kong, Natural Born Killers, The Pianist

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186 446
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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161 418
Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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200 528
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Starship Troopers, The Smurfs, The Muppets

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164 430
Aaron Paul is listed (or ranked) 21 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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203 538
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 22 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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149 390
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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200 559
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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155 482
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

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127 407
Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Midnight Special, Girls, Star Wars: Episode VII

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98 328
Rhys Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Snkhchyan David added The Purge, Sanctum, Endless Love

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112 398
Alfie Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Atonement, Elizabeth, Game of Thrones

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94 345
Noel Fisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, Battle: Los Angeles, Shameless

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88 371
Sean Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Prometheus, 24 Hour Party People, Harry Brown

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80 343
Dylan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Internship, High Road, The Maze Runner

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90 418
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Remember the Titans, The Notebook, Drive

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71 351
Colin Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Elektra, Best in Show, The 6th Day

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70 356
Casey Affleck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Triple 9, Gone Baby Gone, American Pie

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56 313
Jamie Bell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Snowpiercer, King Kong, Flags of Our Fathers

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57 320
Toby Kebbell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Wrath of the Titans, War Horse

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8 64
Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
go_sullivan added Urban Legend, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Sweet November

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22 168
Troy Baker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Nycx added Resident Evil: Degeneration, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Delhi Safari

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4 63
Dave Annable is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
go_sullivan added Little Black Book, What's Your Number?, You May Not Kiss the Bride

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30 321
Thomas Middleditch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
The Final Girls, The Other Guys, Silicon Valley

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2 68
Chris Marquette is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
go_sullivan added Freddy vs. Jason, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog