Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s time in the spotlight is just about done, but the year is far from over for the DC Extended Universe – what with the impending summer release of Suicide Squad. The DC super-villain ensemble adventure stars a host of famous faces as characters well known to the masses (Jared Leto as Joker), better known to longtime comic book fans than your average moviegoer (Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn), and/or players who most filmgoers are only learning about for the first time (Will Smith as Deathshot, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and so forth).
Aside from the darkly-comical tone embraced throughout Suicide Squad‘s marking campaign, it’s the bizarre reportings on Leto’s method acting as The Clown Prince of Crime that’s grabbed a lot of media attention – with the most recent ‘incident’ raising a few eyebrows over how he sent anal beads and uses condoms to co-star Robbie.
Speaking about his role to CNBC‘s Squawk Box, Leto revealed his unique method for how he perfected the Joker’s laugh for Suicide Squad:
“I worked on the laugh walking around the streets of New York and Toronto, and I kinda would walk around the streets and see what laughs would get under people’s skin. You know when you hear someone laugh at a restaurant? It’s a little jarring. I tried them out. And I kind of got to a place where I would laugh and people are always turning around like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?'”
With Leto making everyone fully aware of how method he’s gone with his role as The Joker, it’s no surprise to hear he was howling his way around bustling New York and Toronto streets. From what we’ve seen of the character thus far, Leto’s depiction certainly looks creepy and psychotic, but it’ll need to seriously wow fans if it is to match (much less surpass) the late Heath Ledger’s Joker featured in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
In fact, Leto’s dedication to method acting has, in some sectors of the film world, sparked debate about his over indulgence in it, making it appears a tad gimmicky after the repeated stories of what he’s gotten up to while making Suicide Squad. Daniel Day-Lewis is likewise known for his method acting (see Lincoln), but ultimately his extra efforts show on-screen, and hopefully Leto’s will too.
Suicde Squad, directed by David Ayer, should prove an interesting watch – what with all the buzz behind this DCEU movie and curiosity surrounding this new Joker. With Ben Affleck’s Batman also playing a key role in the film, it’ll also be interesting see how much Joker interacts (if at all) directly with Affleck’s Caped Crusader, as well as how the much publicized dynamics will work between him and Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.