BATWOMAN's Joker, Nick Creegan, Says SUICIDE SQUAD Star Jared Leto Was His Main Source Of Inspiration

Batwoman star Nick Creegan is playing a new take on The Joker in The CW series, and the actor has now revealed that Jared Leto's performance in 2016's Suicide Squad is his main source of inspiration...

Batwoman recently introduced its own version of The Joker, though it's not exactly a comic accurate take on the Clown Prince of Crime. A newly created character, Marquis, is the half-brother of Gotham City's current Craped Crusader, Ryan Wilder. A chance encounter with The Joker as a child left him with brain damage, leading to the emergence of a psychotic Joker-like personality prior to the midseason finale. 

Talking to The Wrap, actor Nick Creegan revealed that there was one actor, in particular, who inspired his take on the Harlequin of Hate: Jared Leto. "The thing that I really liked about his Joker was how different it was than every other rendition, right? He was wearing chains and he had gold teeth. And he was just like this new, edgy, different version of the Joker."

"I tried to take little elements of Jared Leto's Joker," the Batwoman star continued, "but also making sure that I weave in the maniacal laughter and just craze in the eyes that I saw in Heath Ledger or Joaquin Phoenix's Joker. So there's bits and pieces that I've taken from a lot of them, but [I'm] still making it very much [as] original as possible."

The Suicide Squad star is certainly an interesting choice to base this Joker on, but Creegan was quick to point out that he's made sure his Joker 2.0's laugh is very much his own. 

Leto's performance as the villain remains as divisive as ever, and while the Batwoman actor holds the honour of playing the first Black incarnation of the character, "Joker" being a mantle that's basically been passed down is a big change to the source material. However, Warner Bros. saving this character for the big screen has led to some very unique interpretations on television, including in Fox's Gotham.

What do you make of Batwoman's Clown Prince of Crime thus far?

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