It’s always nice to hear when an actor is really into their role…even more so when it comes to the Clown Prince of Crime. Jared Leto respects his lofty role in a recent interview. How could one not? After the staggering performance of Heath Ledger, Leto knows he has some mighty big boots to fill. Of course David Ayer’s Suicide Squad will be going in a different direction from The Dark Knight and to that regard, will we be seeing perhaps the origin of the Joker? “I don’t think I’m allowed to talk about that so much,” said Leto. “But we walked in a completely new direction. I think we knew that we had to do that. It was important to do that. When the Joker has been done and done so well, it gives you a bit of an indication of where you shouldn’t go. There’s a bit of a map there. That’s the good part about it.” Well that sounds good that at least we’ll see something new and not some rehash of the the 1980s Joker or the Heath Ledger version. If those stills from the movie are any indication I think it goes without saying!
“Joker has been written about in pop culture for 75 years,” Leto added. “I’m just the latest in the long list of people who have redefined and reinvented this character. The actors, the voice actors, the television series, the writers, the artists and the fans. People have taken the Joker and reinvented and redefined for 75 years. It is really special to be asked to do that.” Again, it sounds like they are taking the Joker’s role in pop culture quite seriously and it is nice to see that Jared Leto respects their new take. Suicide Squad rolls out on August 5th, 2016 on Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, and Cara Delevingne.