There's been a lot of discussion about Jared Leto's portrayal of the Clown Prince Of Crime in Suicide Squad, and his on-set antics have only fueled this fire. Although we still don't have a good idea of Joker's role in the plot, the recent TV spots have really shone a light on his character...
So is the Joker the threat that Task Force X is assembled to defeat? We'll just have to wait and see, but one thing's for certain...
Jared Leto Is Perfectly Cast As Joker
Leto's mission to become the Joker is the most publicized element of Suicide Squad. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Viola Davis (who plays Amanda Waller) explained why she was personally "terrified" by the actor:
"He had henchmen that would come into the rehearsal room with a dead pig and plopped it on the table, then he walked out. Now I'm terrified as a person, thinking, 'Is he crazy?' but the second part was, 'Oh shit! I got to have my stuff together.'"
The dead pig was just the beginning of Leto's antics. Since then he's been terrorizing the cast in various ways. Let's count them out!
- He insisted on being called Mister J on set.
- He sent Will Smith a box of bullets.
- Margot Robbie received a live black rat (which she apparently kept as a pet).
- Smith reported that he hasn't even met Leto out of character.
- Robbie revealed she was "petrified" of him.
After Heath Ledger's classic portrayal of the Joker, Leto's got some big clown shoes to fill, and it's clear that he's worked hard to ensure his version of the character really stands out from the crowd.
The hype over this has been immense, and the reaction from fans has so far been... pretty divided. By the time Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder chimed in with his gushing praise of Leto's method, the Internet exploded with mockery.
With Leto going to such extremes, it's easy to see why opinions about his portrayal also veer into exaggeration.
But this is all in good fun, and plenty of people are still really excited to see Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad.
Leto's version of the Joker does look pretty on point. He's got the laugh down, his characterization is suitably off the wall, and his role in the plot is deliciously enigmatic. We've still got a few months to wait until the movie is finally released, but until then, at least there's more TV spots to look forward to!