There has been a lot of speculation about whether Jake Gyllenhaal will play the Joker in the upcoming Batman movie, which is currently in development. Let’s examine the evidence and explore the possibilities.
The Origins of the Rumor
The rumor first started circulating in late 2018, when it was reported that Gyllenhaal was being considered for the role of Batman himself, as Ben Affleck was stepping down from the role. However, when it was announced that Robert Pattinson would be taking over as the Dark Knight, many fans still hoped that Gyllenhaal would join the cast as another iconic character: the Joker.
The idea of Gyllenhaal playing the Joker gained more traction when a fan-made poster featuring him as the Clown Prince of Crime went viral on social media. The poster, which showed Gyllenhaal with green hair and a menacing grin, looked so convincing that some people mistook it for an official teaser.
The Case For Gyllenhaal
There are several reasons why fans and pundits believe that Gyllenhaal could be a great choice for the Joker:
- Gyllenhaal is known for his intense and versatile acting skills, which he has demonstrated in movies like Nightcrawler, Zodiac, and Donnie Darko. He could bring a fresh take on the iconic villain.
- Gyllenhaal has worked with director Matt Reeves before on Cloverfield (2008), and they reportedly have a good relationship. Reeves has also expressed interest in exploring the psychological depth of Batman’s rogues gallery.
- Gyllenhaal has never played a comic book character before, which could make him more intriguing to both casual viewers and hardcore fans who are tired of seeing familiar faces.
The Case Against Gyllenhaal
Of course, there are also some arguments against Gyllenhaal playing the Joker:
- Gyllenhaal is already 39 years old, which could make him less appealing to Warner Bros. who may want to cast someone younger to play a long-term villain across multiple movies.
- Gyllenhaal’s appearance and voice may not match some fans’ expectations of the Joker, who is traditionally portrayed as a lanky and raspy-voiced clown.
- Gyllenhaal may not want to commit to a role that would require him to undergo extensive makeup and prosthetics, as well as potentially overshadowing Pattinson’s Batman.
So, is Jake Gyllenhaal the Joker in the Batman? The answer is: we don’t know yet. There has been no official confirmation or denial from Warner Bros. or Gyllenhaal himself.
However, it’s worth noting that Gyllenhaal has expressed interest in playing a comic book character before, and he certainly has the chops for it. Moreover, Reeves has said that he wants to make a noir-inspired detective story with a fresh perspective on Gotham City. If that’s true, then having an unconventional Joker could fit right in.
Ultimately, whether or not Gyllenhaal plays the Joker will depend on many factors beyond our control. But one thing is certain: the speculation and excitement surrounding this possibility show just how much people care about these characters and their potential on screen.