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And I Oop! “Teen Titans Go!” Cartoon Hilariously Shades Jared Leto’s Joker

today31 May 2021

Background

If you’re a 90’s kid who grew up with the edgier version of the Teen Titans cartoon and hadn’t seen the “updated” version of it, you’re in for a hoot.

So this is the original Teen Titans TV series that ran from 2003 – 2006:

 

 

And this is how it’s looked like since 2013, having been rebranded as Teen Titans Go!:

 

 

To their credit, the latter is not a continuation of the original series, but rather, serves as a comedic spin-off (hence the very different animation style).

 

Anywhoo, this article focuses on a subtle bit of shade thrown at one of the many portrayals of famed DCEU villain, the Joker, in Teen Titans Go!. In episode 317 of the series, titled “Pig in a Poke,” Starfire admits to having sent all of her money to a prince online (gotta give them credit for educating kids on the dangers of online scams!) and the Titans are worried over the fact that this “prince” could possibly be “The Clown Prince of Crime”.

 

Now, at one point in the series, to get past the guards at Joker’s place, the Titans impersonate various versions of the Joker.

 

 

We have Cyborg impersonating Jack Nicholson’s Joker from the 1989 movie, Batman. Meanwhile, Beast Boy takes on multiple roles: Heath Ledger’s Joker from the 2008 movie The Dark Knight and Mark Hamill’s iconic take from Batman: The Animated Series.

 

Source: Youtube / Teen Titans Go!

 

When Robin’s turn comes, he’s seen sporting Jared Leto’s blinged-out, tattoo-ed version of the Clown Prince. While the Cyborg’s and Beast Boy’s ‘Jokers’ scare the guards, Robin’s version instead has the guard saying:

 

“Wait a second… This isn’t the joker!”

 

Beast Boy is visibly annoyed with Robin, who then explains that he’s impersonating Jared Leto. Cyborg then smacks him on the head and says:

 

“Jared Leto?! You can’t just put on some tattoos and some fake teeth and make me think that you some kind of crazy person.”

 

 

 

Watch the (actually, very on-point) impersonations of the various Jokers here:

https://youtu.be/M7rEKmXrx10

 

Leto first debuted his take on the Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad to critical disdain, with many voting for his portrayal as “the worst Joker”. However, since then, Leto has brought his Joker back for a Knightmare timeline conversation with Ben Affleck’s Batman in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

 

https://www.flyfm.com.my/flylist-everything-different-about-jared-letos-joker-in-zack-snyders-justice-league/

 

As of yet, Leto’s future as Mistah’ J remains uncertain. His re-introduction as one of the most important villains in the DCEU through Zack Snyder’s Justice League was his redemption (after the trainwreck that was Suicide Squad) but… there are no talks yet as to whether we’ll see him take on the role again.

 

 

*Cover image credits: @teentitansgomovie / @thesuicidesquad

Written by: Marissa Anne


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