Batwoman’s Joker Actor Was Influenced Most by Jared Leto’s DC Villain

Batwoman Star Nick Creegan said that Jared Leto’s version of the Joker influenced his interpretation. The 28-year old actor became the first person of color ever to portray the villain in cinematic history. Creegan was introduced in November 2021 as Marquis Jet. His backstory is significantly different from his predecessors.

Season 3 of The CW’s series reveals that Marquis is the half-brother to Ryan Wilder’s hero ( played Javicia Leslie). It slowly becomes clear that Ryan’s brother, Marquis, may have had a childhood encounter with the original Joker. Episode 7 shows his darker side when he takes control of Wayne Enterprises after a forceful usurpation of his sister.

In an interview with The Wrap, Creegan said he was inspired by Leto’s portrayal as the DC villain. He stated that he enjoyed Leto’s description of the Joker as “edgier.” He admits that he tried to incorporate minor elements from Jared Leto’s Joker and compliments the gold-colored chains and teeth he wore in Suicide Squad. He explained that his character valued fashion and studied Heath Ledger before creating his famous laugh and crazed eyes. You can read his complete comments below.

“It’s funny because I dress up, back in 2016, or 2015, I dressed as Jared Leto’s Joker on Halloween. The thing I liked most about his Joker was how it was different from every other version. He wore chains and had gold teeth. He was exactly like the Joker’s new, more edgy version.

Marquis is a newcomer to fashion and very into being his person. Many vibes come through, and people can relate to that, especially since Marquis is from New York. I tried to incorporate a few elements of Jared Leto’s Joker while also incorporating the maniacal laughter, and just crazed in the eyes that Joaquin Phoenix saw in Heath Ledger. There are bits and pieces I have taken from many of them, but [I] am still trying to make it as the original .”

Although Creegan’s Joker character isn’t adorned with the same tattoos as Leto’s, there are some similarities in Creegan’s design. Marquis has a more modernized and well-pressed wardrobe instead of the bright purple suit worn in Joker’s comic book. His outfits are still full of color, but they are much more sophisticated and have echoes of Leto’s bling-ladened baddie.

 

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