The Joker. Sometimes he’s the Clown Prince of Crime. Sometimes he’s that crazy guy from The Shining, a pyromaniac anarchist or Luke Skywalker on a bad day. Hey, the Joker once said all it takes is one bad day to become like him! Perhaps that is how Jared Leto prepared for his role as the quintessential Batman villain? Joking aside, Suicide Squad is right around the proverbial dark and foreboding corner and everybody can’t wait to see what DC’s latest endeavor looks like. The biggest question is almost always about Leto’s Joker!
“As an actor, he’s flinging himself into the abyss on that one,” said director David Ayer, known for his work on Training Day. “And he was scary on set. He was intimidating. He’d show up and it was like, ‘Dude, you are f—-ing creepy.’” That’s always reassuring when the director is freaked out by somebody in his movie, right? And in a good way…not like one of those ‘I’m going straight to my trailer after somebody messes up my lighting’ kinda freaked out way. I’m looking at you, Christian Bale! I’m pretty sure that Leto’s Joker will be able to deliver but exactly what is what we are all wondering!
“You’re kind of walking upon hallowed ground, and it deserves the very best that you can do,” stated Jared Leto regarding his role. “It takes over your life and that’s what I needed to do for myself.” Rumors and reports regarding the actor’s commitment to the role are legendary. He gifted cast members dead animals. He never broke character. He sent…used things to people. Leto’s Joker has had this aura of mystery built up before Suicide Squad even comes out!
“You don’t know what the Joker is going to do next; you never do,” added Leto. “It was intoxicating to have no rules.” I guess that explains why psychics and mind-readers always stay out of the character’s head. It’s awfully hard to come back out of that rabbit hole.
Suicide Squad hoists the weight of the DC Universe on its shoulders on August 5th, 2016 and stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood and Cara Delevingne.