The wait for Suicide Squad is almost over, and fans of DC Comics couldn’t be more excited. The film has generated substantial buzz since the marketing campaign revved up, and the downright bizarre behind-the-scenes stories of what the actors did to each other (and themselves) on set served as free publicity for curious viewers. At the forefront of it all is the Joker, a role that made Jared Leto practically reinvent the term “method acting” so he could fully prepare to play the Clown Prince of Crime.

Though the first official image of the Oscar winner in character was a lightning rod for controversy (due to the tattoos and metal teeth), the consensus has changed as more of this big screen Joker has been shown. Many moviegoers are looking forward to what Leto can do with the material, trying to make the role his own following Heath Ledger’s legendary performance in The Dark Knight. The actor has clearly been fond of the villain since signing on, and he keeps teasing his social media followers with new looks at his incredible transformation.

Leto took to his Instagram page to post a new photo of the Joker, showing off the evildoer’s purple coat. Check it out below:

Here's another new one @suicidesquadmovie #joker

A photo posted by JARED LETO (@jaredleto) on

The trailers and TV spots have (rightfully) focused primarily on the core members of the eponymous Squad, shrouding the Joker in some mystery. How he fits into the main narrative will be interesting to watch, especially since his one true love Harley Quinn is going to be front and center during the action. Suicide Squad costume designer Kate Hawley greatly detailed their relationship during our set visit last summer, describing the pair as “two alpha males” in running Gotham City’s criminal underworld. This will be the first time a live-action Joker interacts with Harley, providing Suicide Squad with a fresh element fans have never seen before.

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are obviously hoping for great things from Leto, since the Joker can be a recurring threat in the DC Extended Universe. In fact, Leto recently stated that he would want to appear in Ben Affleck’s standalone Batman movie, and with rumors suggesting that vehicle could be set in Arkham Asylum, there’s a very strong chance the Dark Knight crosses paths with his nemesis. Considering the quality of Leto’s turn matches his level of commitment to Suicide Squad, there wouldn’t be too many people against that. It’s true that the Joker has been portrayed several times in the past, but this has the potential to be something radically different.

Ironically, it may be the Worst. Heroes. Ever. that end up saving the day for the DCEU. After Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice divided fans and critics alike, the franchise is in desperate need of a bona fide hit that’s also well-received. Suicide Squad is poised to break August box office records, and responses out of early test screenings were positive, so that combined with the Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers coming out of Comic-Con indicate that the DCEU is on the right track and will turn things around soon.

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Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash and Batman solo movie are currently without release dates.

Source: Jared Leto

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