Suicide Squad is the next film on the slate for the DC Extended Universe, and with its promise of a more anarchic and punk-rock vibe than most modern superhero movies offer, the fan anticipation for the film continues to grow as we approach the release date – now a mere month away.
The ensemble cast has a lot of exciting additions to the big screen world of DC Comics, like several first ever live-action feature film appearances by rogues like Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Deadshot (Will Smith), but it’s not shocking that many conversations about the film end up on the topic of classic Batman villain the Joker (Jared Leto), and his radical new appearance.
The new issue of Argentinian magazine La Cosa Cine has dual Suicide Squad covers to showcase its coverage of the upcoming film. One cover has a fantastic shot of the action-packed ensemble cast, and another has a menacing close-up of the Joker. The latest of many magazine covers over the past nine months, this one gives fans the best up-close view of the Joker that we’ve had (although French magazine Cinema Teaser had the same cover last month).
Leto’s portrayal of the Joker has already been rife with fan controversy and debate, mostly centering around the ultra-modern look and style of the character. There are fans that contend that this Joker seems like he belongs at a nightclub, with his sports car and tattoos, while others insist he is true to the more modern comic book interpretations of the villain. The tattoos that the Joker is sporting in the film all tell a story and include a few easter eggs, according to the film’s director David Ayer.
Jared Leto is the first to admit that the Joker is the role of a lifetime; after all, only a handful of actors have been fortunate enough to portray the Clown Prince of Crime on-screen. The on-screen chemistry between not only the Joker and his on-again, off-again love interest Harley Quinn, but also with Ben Affleck’s no-nonsense Batman, will add an interesting dynamic to the character. The trailer has shown a pretty dark approach from Leto, but what do you expect from a film where the actors all had to punch each other during rehearsals?
Suicide Squad opens in U.S. theaters on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League 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 July 24, 2020.