I try to keep a lot of the strictly entertainment news off this site and onto Fantasy Merchant, but…here’s this rumor that Leonardo DiCaprio is getting “courted” to play the Joker. It’s like the biggest Hollywood story right this second. And it fits perfectly into my “Robins and Jokers” Horus/Set archetype theory.
Let’s start this with a look at a post I did last year, “The Sacred Trinity: Triads In Pop-Culture And Mythology.” In that, I said there was a basic archetypal trio or “trinity” that operated in pop-culture, especially comic books: Isis (the Mother), Osiris (the Father) and Horus (the Son). It didn’t matter if these characters were actually related to each other, or what their specific relationships with each other was. If there was a Woman (say, Supergirl) a Man (Superman) and a Child (Superboy): you now had a Trinity!
For the very popular Batman franchise, this was a natural fit: Batgirl or Catwoman was the Isis-figure, Batman was Osiris, and Robin (dressed in his bird costume) made a fitting hawk-Horus. Again, the actual relationships between the characters, and their connection (or lack thereof) to Egyptian mythology was unimportant—simply seeing in visual form this Trinity “activates” primal recognition in the group subconscious.
And so here we have the full trailer for the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. Very much in the Stranger Things vein—80s retro memories covered in insinuated abuse, demons, and all sorts of nasty shit grown-ups like to cover up. But let’s get real on what really brings in the audience for IT—it’s the damn clown.
It’s no secret that the “Creepy Clown” meme has been playing out in real-life for several years now; grown-ass people dressing like clowns, stalking children, sometimes carrying an axe, and in general being a fucking menace. Then there is the “side-genre” of the Creepy Clowns, which are The Jokers—a bit less common, especially now, but still crops up occasionally.
The untimely death of Heath Ledger—part of the burgeoning new academic inquiry called Jokerology—is one of the several morbid topics I like to keep up-to-date on. As the anniversary of Ledger’s passing approaches on the 22nd of this month, here is a list of strange coincidences, connections, and resonances related to the actor and his most famous role.
To recap: I had been keeping a record of “Joker-inspired” crimes that had cropped up since the death of Heath Ledger in 2008. It was sort of a macabre “hobby” of mine…following how a comic book character may (or may not) have inspired a series of incidents ranging from pranks to mass-murder.
There was definitely a period of detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn’t imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games.
—Jared Leto on playing the Joker
Much has been made in the press about Jared Leto’s possible mental state while playing the Joker in Suicide Squad—with talk of him sending rats to co-stars and a therapist needed on-set. Continue reading “Playing Those Psychological Games: The Dark Mirror Of Jared Leto”