When Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced, fans were ecstatic to see two of the most iconic superheroes go head to head on the big screen. But what really got people talking was the casting of the infamous Joker, who has been a longstanding nemesis of Batman.
Many speculated that Jared Leto, who had just won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, would take on the role. And indeed, Leto did end up playing the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad. However, he did not appear in Batman vs Superman.
So who played the Joker in Batman vs Superman? It turns out that the character actually had a very brief cameo in the film.
In one scene, Bruce Wayne (played by Ben Affleck) is having a nightmare about a post-apocalyptic world where Superman has gone rogue and taken over. In this dream sequence, we see several villains including the Joker.
The actor who played the Joker in this scene was actually none other than musician and actor Laurence Joseph Mullen Jr., better known as Larry Mullen Jr. He is best known as the drummer for U2 but has also appeared in films such as Man on the Train and A Thousand Times Good Night.
Despite his brief appearance as the Joker, Mullen Jr.’s portrayal received mixed reviews from fans and critics alike. Some felt that he didn’t quite capture the essence of the character while others appreciated his unique take.
Regardless of one’s opinion on Mullen Jr.’s performance, there’s no denying that seeing such an iconic character even for just a few seconds was exciting for fans. And with more movies featuring Batman and his rogues gallery slated to come out in the future, it will be interesting to see who takes on this infamous role next.
In conclusion, while Jared Leto ended up playing the Joker in Suicide Squad, it was musician and actor Larry Mullen Jr. who made a brief cameo as the character in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Whether or not he lived up to fans’ expectations is up for debate, but there’s no denying that his appearance added an extra layer of excitement to an already highly anticipated film.