Suicide Squad may very well be the most anticipated film of the forthcoming DCEU slate, but it sure didn't start out that way. Initially, there was confusion over why Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment would produce a film starring a team of villains before establishing more of their heroes. Then came concern over which characters would comprise the infamous Task Force X, followed by varying degrees of outrage over the actors later cast for those roles.
And none received more scorn than the casting of Jared Leto as the Joker, a choice that only proved more divisive upon the reveal of the character's tattooed look. However, since the release of the first Suicide Squad teaser and its brief glimpse at Leto's Joker performance, many who were quick to judge are now at least intrigued, if not outright excited.
For his role as the Joker, Leto chose to employ method acting, which is absolutely terrifying when you really think about. Method acting asks for the actor to fully embody their character, whether the cameras are rolling or not, and for an individual as twisted and sick as the Joker that's almost unimaginable. But it's how Leto chose to approach the role and according to co-star Margot Robbie it allowed him to create a "pretty impressive" performance.
Speaking with the NY Daily News, Robbie said:
"At first it was kind of confronting (to be up close) but now I'm so used to it, I think if I ever saw him out of makeup now I would be really confused.
Actually, I saw him out of makeup once and I was actually petrified of him. I was too scared to go up and didn't know who that person was, and when he got back into his makeup I was far more comfortable."
Spoken like an honest-to-goodness Harley Quinn.
It still isn't clear just how large of a role Joker has to play in Suicide Squad, but we're fairly certain he'll factor heavily in Harley Quinn's origin and may even be the reason Amanda Waller has to assemble her team of miscreants in the first place. There's also been few heavy-handed hints made about Alan Moore's The Killing Joke, which includes a rather infamous encounter between the Joker and one of Batman's allies, and could potentially factor into this film. Either way, no matter how much screen time Leto's Joker actually has in Suicide Squad, he's sure to leave an impression. (We're just hoping it's a good one.)
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps – June 19th, 2020.