"Suicide Squad," the next big flick coming from the world of DC, is creating waves mostly because of the Joker. Fans of Heath Ledger are waiting eagerly to watch how Jared Leto takes forward the legacy. And director David Ayer has time and again made it clear his Joker will be the darkest and most controversial of all.
In the recent interview with EW, both the actor and director revealed the secret behind the Jared Leto's Joker look and the importance of the tattoos.
"The Joker has a lot of different looks, sort of built from the looks throughout the history of DC Comics but with a new sort of flair and flavor on him so he does feel like a modern-day gangster, because... he's always been a gangster, [sic]" said Ayer.
Asked what he did to create the look of the Joker and how he started perceiving the character, Leto said: "He became a real person. I don't know if real person is the right word. I think the Joker lives in between reality and another plane. Kind of a shaman in a way. It's a very intoxicating role to take on. You have permission to break rules and to challenge yourself and anyone around you in a really unique way. [sic]"
The actor went on to explain how creating that whole aura and look of the Joker was a collaborative process. "David had some very specific ideas. As far as the look of the Joker, it was a collaborative process. There were things I brought to the table and things David brought to the table and it was a mashup of both of our sick and twisted minds. There were specific things that he liked and wanted and I was there to help bring them to life in the best way I could, [sic]" he said.
And a lot of thought went into those tattoos as well. "I think the most important thing I brought was probably not to do with the outside but with the internal. But you know David was specific with tattoos. They were his idea but there was a lot to play with. Who knows what will end up in the final film?" he added.
It looks like Jared Leto's Joker will set a mark for a new-age Joker persona and his tattoos may just reflect how incurable his insanity is.
"Suicide Squad" will be released on Aug. 5, 2016.