Jared Leto’s The Joker or Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor — which villain is the worse?
The Joker and Lex Luthor are both known super villains in the DC Universe. Eisenberg played Lex Luthor in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Leto, meanwhile, turned into The Joker for “Suicide Squad.” Which actor was more successful in taking on these iconic villain roles? Which character is best — or, in this case, worse?
According to Vulture, “Suicide Squad” director David Ayer has nothing but praise for Leto’s take on The Joker. “When he steps onto the set the world stops… Everything stops,” Ayer said. “What he’s done is so powerful, so menacing, so palpable, you can feel him. The crew stops working and just watches him. I have to get everybody going again because he’s so fascinating,” Ayer said.
Meanwhile, “Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder admitted he took a risk when he cast Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. The actor doesn’t exactly fit the mold of past Lex Luthors. Screen Rant even called his performance a “radical reinterpretation of [the] classic Superman nemesis.” So just why did Snyder cast “The Social Network” actor? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Snyder revealed he first met with Eisenberg for a different role. But after watching the “nervy, jangled” actor think “out loud in rapid-fire bursts,” he thought he’d be perfect for the role.
So, which iconic character are you least likely to mess with? Jared Leto’s The Joker or Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor? Who do you think is the worse villain?
You can watch Eisenberg’s take on Lex Luthor in theatres now. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” was released last week. Meanwhile, you will have to wait a little longer to see Leto as The Joker. “Suicide Squad” would not hit the big screen until August 5.