"Suicide Squad", one of next year's biggest movies, is a superhero film based on the DC Comics' anti-hero team,a nd it has been written and directed by David Ayer. The movie will feature Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne and others.
While the casting and theme of "Suicide Squad" is already quite dark, an extra layer of darkness has been put in place thanks to Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto and his disturbing impersonation of The Joker. Sure the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have presented The Joker in his usual mad form, but Leto is planning to take things a step further.
There are a number of facts related to Leto's Joker impersonation that have left us bewildered, but clearing the doubt -- whether Leto will indeed be able to reprise the role of one of the greatest comic book villains of all times.
For those who are wondering, here are top 5 Jared Leto Joker facts that should successfully rid you of your sleep tonight.
5 Haunting Facts about Jared Leto's Joker:
A Child's Blood on My Hands
The Joker will reportedly have the same dark history with Batman as we have known in the comic books. This has specifically made fans believe that the infamous death of Jason Todd will also be recreated (The Joker beat up Todd with a crowbar and left him dead in a warehouse explosion). Say what you may, but the death of Todd is surely one of the darker sides of the Batman comics. There are rumours that the scene could be recreated for the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice via a flashback.
But I Will Still be Funny
Anything 'funny' related to the overall character of The Joker has a lot to do with insanity, and rest assured that Leto will highlight this dark humour side in the upcoming movie. In a previous report, it was stated that Leto wants to deliver a "cerebral and comedic" version of The Joker, one that will be remembered by the fans forever. So, expect Leto's Joker impersonation to be different from what Ledger of Nicholson offered -- in a darker way.
They Appointed a Therapist For Us
To be The Joker, you have to see the world from The Joker's point of view (probably all black and white). Not everyone is fit to play The Joker. Can The Joker's role really drive you insane? Well, the reports published in 2008 claimed that Heath Ledger's death was a result of overdose, in an attempt to get into the mind of the real Joker. True or not, Warner Bros. doesn't want that to happen again and the company hired an on-set therapist to help the cast deal with the darker side of their on-screen characters. Adam Beach (of Slipknot) revealed this bit of detail first.
But Then I Killed Good Ol' Commissioner Gordon
Several changes have been made for both "Suicide Squad" and "Batman V Superman" and they are definitely not the same as their original comic book iterations. With Zack Snyder planning to keep things fresh from the Nolan-inspired one, "Dawn of Justice" will reveal that Jim Gordon was murdered by The Joker in the past, and Superman Clark Kent comes to know about it when he sees his memorial in Gotham. While most fans won't find anything overtly dark in this, but Commissioner Gordon was Batman's biggest ally and his death will surely come as a shock to the Dark Knight faithful.
Harley and I Have, Well, a Complicated Relationship
If you have read the Batman comics of the past, or even played the numerous games in the Arkham series, you should know the kind of relationship Mr. J and Harley Quinn have. Well, it seems like things will change a bit for the new movie and their relationship will be a bit more complicated. In fact, if you remember correctly, there was a scene in the "Suicide Squad" trailer where Mr. J drives the girl to insanity (Harley can be seen screaming on the screen). We like the way Harley Quinn is transformed into the, well, Harley Quinn we know, but isn't that a bit too dark?
"Suicide Squad" is scheduled to be released on 5 August, 2016, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
Stay tuned for more updates!