With 2016 quickly approaching, it’s going to be a big year for Warner Bros./DC. They have two films coming out that will introduce us to many characters that have yet to be portrayed in live-action in way. One of the two films, Suicide Squad, seems to be generating a lot of excitement, if not more than Batman Vs. Superman. It makes sense though, seeing as how this is our first time seeing just about everyone of the villains in Suicide Squad come to life, and on top of that we get to see Jared Leto show us his version of the Joker in this blockbuster packed with villains.
Today, Empire Magazine unveiled their new magazine cover, which gave us our second look at Leto’s Joker, but our first official look at him in full (well, minus a shirt) costume. You can see the picture here:
Right off the back you notice the purple crocodile skin coat he has on, the bright green hair, and the pale skin. These are all things common to the joker, but what stands out are his creepy tattoos, and the excessive dark makeup around his eyes. Also, he’s wearing some loose-fitting sweatpants that say “Arkham” on the side. Clearly he’ll still be an inmate at Arkham Asylum – the mental institute used to hold most of Batman’s super-powered villains – in this movie, but at what point does he acquire the cane and the coat? During a breakout maybe? We’ll have to see eventually. Another thing that stands out about this picture is that the only two words on it are “psycho” and “killer”, both of which perfectly describe Joker, but maybe by only putting these words, they’re trying to make let us know just how crazy, insane, and violent this rendition of the Joker will be.
As well as providing this picture, Leto describes his transformation into the joker in an interview with Empire. At the beginning of the call, he tells them that if it were the actual Joker they were speaking with, he “would probably just say ‘fuck you’ and hang up”. Clearly, the Joker is a charming guy. Jared later describes the transition into character:
“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. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole.”
To help him stay into character while not shooting, Leto read literature on shamans and spent nights alone listening to gospel music from the 1920s, stating that he always got “the sense the that the Joker may be much older than people think.”
Later, he promises that his version of the Joker is “something different“, and “If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground.”
Concluding the interview, Leto was asked if the “Method Joking” required a cooling-down process. Laughing, he says “I think i’ll be cooling down for the rest of my life.“
Clearly, becoming the clown prince of crime is no easy task, but Leto went all the way in to make the role as perfect as he could. He went as far as sending fellow cast members Will Smith (Deadshot) bullets, and Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) a dead rat. Will Smith even stated that he’s “literally never met Jared.” It seems as though transforming into Mr.J is an intense process, and we just hope Jared Leto can pull it off and make it his own when we see his debut in Suicide Squad.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to release on August 5th, 2016