After an overwhelmingly positive reception to Suicide Squad‘s first two trailers, fans are growing increasingly worried over the recent news that Warner Bros. is tinkering with the film’s third act this late in the game. Still, whatever happens with that, at least we have the debut of Jared Leto’s take on the Joker to look forward to. If we enjoy watching him as much as the actor apparently enjoyed playing him, we should be in for a treat.
During an interview on The Ellen Show, Leto spoke about how great a time he had working on the role. You can see the chat below (he begins talking about Suicide Squad around the “1:55” mark). Alternatively, scroll down to read what he had to say instead.
“I got the call and was invited to play The Joker, which was terrifying and exciting and an honour. It was really the most fun I’ve ever had on a film in my life; I had a blast. It was a real honour to get asked to play the part. These characters are so special to people and I have a lot of respect for that.”
Joker fans will be pleased to hear Leto appreciates the long history of the character. He is the fourth actor to play the part on the big screen alone. The previous three were Cesar Romero in 1966’s Batman: The Movie, Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman and, of course, Heath Ledger in 2007’s The Dark Knight. This last performance is the one Leto’s take will really be measured up against. Still, hopes are high that he will deliver a very interesting take on the Clown Prince of Crime.
Suicide Squad blasts into cinemas on 5th August. Leto will be joined by an ensemble cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis.
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