Suicide Squad generated so much buzz, but it sadly did not live up to expectations. While many were expecting a breakthrough performance for The Joker (Jared Leto), fans were left wanting for more. Thankfully, we have The LEGO Batman Movie to make up for that.
It seemed like Suicide Squad broke the awesome The Joker references we’ve been enjoying the past years. But in The LEGO Batman Movie, The Joker was so awesomely depicted, he’s quite better here than he ever was in Suicide Squad. The movie was able to capture one important aspect of The Joker—his obsession with Batman.
The LEGO Batman Movie Explored The Joker’s Fanaticism
If there is one thing constant about The Joker (played by various actors in numerous films), it’s his obsession and his connection with The Caped Crusader. In The LEGO Batman Movie, that “loyalty” to Batman was given credence. Zach Galifianakis’ The Joker wanted nothing more but for Batman to acknowledge that connection.
That is the core conflict in The LEGO Batman Movie—The Joker’s obsession to try to make Batman see their relationship for what it is. Batman fans or those who watched the previous films would recognize this plot.
It has been depicted in Scott Snyder’s Death of the Family, where The Joker wanted to make Batman a better hero by killing off the rest of The Bat Family. In The Dark Knight, the late Heath Ledger’s Joker said that Batman “completed” him.
In many of these movies, there is one overarching storyline—that without Batman, there is no The Joker. His existence depends on Batman’s presence in Gotham City. Suicide Squad failed in a sense that The Joker escaped when Batman arrived.
The LEGO Batman Movie Took A Swipe At Suicide Squad
In one of the last scenes of the film, Batman was seen preparing to save Gotham from a catastrophe. It was during this scene when The LEGO Batman Movie took an intentional blow at Suicide Squad. The hero said that using criminals to fight other criminals is dumb.
Clearly, this was meant as a swipe towards the whole storyline of Suicide Squad, which is organizing a team of criminals to fight other “more dangerous” criminals. Fans immediately took to Twitter to make their comments about this “major blow.”
And although Suicide Squad has a lot of fans, they cannot exactly feel bad about The LEGO Batman Movie. It only highlighted one glaring truth from the movie, after all.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 20, 2017