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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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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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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237 152
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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494 538
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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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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510 604
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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361 562
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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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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366 587
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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298 467
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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303 523
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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267 517
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 14 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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261 504
Jake Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac

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195 410
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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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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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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165 424
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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205 537
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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167 434
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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151 394
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

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204 546
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 23 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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204 566
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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159 489
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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132 410
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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102 329
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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Dan Stevens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
AndreStokes added Night at the Museum 3, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Cobbler

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117 399
Alfie Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Atonement, Elizabeth, Game of Thrones

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98 345
Noel Fisher is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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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Sean Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Prometheus, 24 Hour Party People, Harry Brown

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92 422
Ryan Gosling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Remember the Titans, The Notebook, Drive

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Colin Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Elektra, Best in Show, The 6th Day

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

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57 314
Jamie Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
Snowpiercer, King Kong, Flags of Our Fathers

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58 321
Toby Kebbell is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 38 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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24 170
Troy Baker is listed (or ranked) 39 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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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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Dave Annable is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Chris Marquette is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Actors Who Could Replace Jared Leto as the Joker
go_sullivan added Freddy vs. Jason, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog