Or perhaps a Moonie, maybe even a preacher on TV! Whatever your opinion might be on Suicide Squad‘s new Joker (portrayed by Jared Leto), the supervillain has made an impression on everyone who’s watched the trailers or even slightly kept up with the hype surrounding DC‘s upcoming all-supervillain movie. But how is the actor keeping up with the flamboyant psychopath that is Batman‘s archnemesis?
According to director David Ayer, better than expected apparently…
“It’s a scary character to tackle. This iteration of him, people will realize there really is a continuity of history – there is a lot of respect for what the Joker represents, who he is as a character. He is the best known villain in fiction so there’s an incredible responsibility there to also be faithful to what he is but at the same time push him into this next world, next time, next phase.”
According to the reports from the development team, Jared Leto has managed to stay in character for the supervillain the entire time he was on set, even between takes, apparently taking a page of Heath Ledger‘s memorable performance of the same character in the Dark Knight trilogy. According to the development team, Jared Leto‘s roleplaying fixation made a lot of the people on set uncomfortable, giving him a wide berth rather than stick around him. Regarding Leto‘s portrayal of the character, the director went on to say:
“I love helping actors find what methodology works best for them. It’s like tailoring a suit – it’s not one size fits all. But it really made an event when he would show up on set. There was almost a pageantry to him, which did translate into the character and the power on screen he has.”
Sounds like a metric ton of hype, but that’s to be expected, especially since this Joker will have to somehow keep up with the aforementioned Ledger interpretation of the role. Obviously, both actors are picking a completely different approach: where Ledger played the quiet, unpredictable hipster psychopath, Leto is choosing to go with the over-the-top bloody antics of 80’s Joker, re-purposed for a wider audience. Even Zack Snyder (who was nowhere near the set at the time in Toronto) kept an eye out for the new Clown Prince of crime and went on to say that:
“The commitment to the role, you’re going to see that really shine through in a way that you’re not used to seeing actors in movies really go all the way with (in) every little moment and every little breath. You’re going to get taken on a journey with Jared that I don’t know that everyone’s ready for but I think it will be amazing.”
Alright, so maybe all this build-up sounds worrisome and perhaps Jared Leto is being portrayed as the next big iteration of the Joker. We think that this is an unfair comparison, especially considering that this iteration seems to be drawing a lot from Alan Moore‘s idea of the villain in Killing Joke, a presentation which, frankly, has been done to death. Perhaps Leto will bring something new and unpredictable into the role, or perhaps he’ll just go ahead and sing Looooney already! Come on, DC, we’ve been waiting on that song for 3 decades! What do you want us to do? Beg?
You can watch the new Instagram teaser, here: