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 Willem Dafoe 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
Iwan Rheon Wild Bill, Wasteland, Game of Thrones

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676 591
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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563 519
Crispin Glover is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Crispin Glover Back to the Future, Alice in Wonderland, Back to the Future Part II

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460 556
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
David Tennant Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

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410 492
Evan Peters is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
kyle-goldson added Evan Peters X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kick-Ass, Never Back Down

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140 103
Cameron Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
sullivanjc added Cameron Monaghan Click, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, The Giver - Played Jerome Valeska on Gotham

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467 613
Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda

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338 513
Sam Rockwell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Sam Rockwell Moon, Iron Man 2, The Green Mile

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268 432
Walton Goggins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Walton Goggins Django Unchained, The Bourne Identity, Lincoln

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320 536
James Franco is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
James Franco Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3

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312 527
Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Rami Malek The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Mr. Robot, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

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283 485
Frank Dillane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Frank Dillane Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, In the Heart of the Sea, Fear the Walking Dead

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249 466
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Joseph Gordon-Levitt The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, 10 Things I Hate About You

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236 460
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Jake Gyllenhaal Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

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178 374
Gustaf Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Gustaf Skarsgård The Way Back, Evil, Arn – The Knight Templar

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194 435
Adrien Brody is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Adrien Brody King Kong, Natural Born Killers, The Pianist

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180 412
Sharlto Copley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Sharlto Copley District 9, Elysium, Maleficent

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190 480
Neil Patrick Harris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Neil Patrick Harris Starship Troopers, The Smurfs, The Muppets

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149 382
Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Paul Bettany The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

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139 361
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Andrew Scott Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

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149 392
Aaron Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Aaron Paul Mission: Impossible III, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, Need for Speed

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188 501
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Matthew McConaughey Dazed and Confused, The Wolf of Wall Street, Tropic Thunder

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181 522
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Daniel Radcliffe 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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142 446
Russell Brand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Russell Brand Despicable Me 2, Despicable Me, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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113 379
Adam Driver is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Adam Driver Midnight Special, Girls, Star Wars: Episode VII

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89 304
Rhys Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Snkhchyan David added Rhys Wakefield The Purge, Sanctum, Endless Love

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107 368
Alfie Allen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Alfie Allen Atonement, Elizabeth, Game of Thrones

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

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82 347
Sean Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Sean Harris Prometheus, 24 Hour Party People, Harry Brown

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73 318
Dylan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Dylan O'Brien The Internship, High Road, The Maze Runner

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Colin Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Colin Cunningham Elektra, Best in Show, The 6th Day

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83 385
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Ryan Gosling Remember the Titans, The Notebook, Drive

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Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
go_sullivan added Michael Rosenbaum Urban Legend, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Sweet November

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65 331
Casey Affleck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Casey Affleck Triple 9, Gone Baby Gone, American Pie

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53 293
Jamie Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Jamie Bell Snowpiercer, King Kong, Flags of Our Fathers

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54 299
Toby Kebbell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Toby Kebbell Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Wrath of the Titans, War Horse

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17 148
Troy Baker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Nycx added Troy Baker Resident Evil: Degeneration, Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite, Delhi Safari

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2 42
Dave Annable is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
go_sullivan added Dave Annable Little Black Book, What's Your Number?, You May Not Kiss the Bride

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

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