Suicide Squad comes out later this year on August 5th, and there are so many things that I cannot wait for. From Batman to Harley Quinn and many other things, I am mostly excited to see Jared Leto's take on the most iconic supervillain of all time, The Joker. The Joker has been a fan-favorite in many kinds of media, from comic books to fan films, video games, and even cartoons. Batman's most iconic adversary has appeared in live-action films before, last seen in 2008's The Dark Knight, and was played by Heath Ledger, who died a few months after filming his role.
When Suicide Squad director David Ayer cast Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto, everyone flipped out. Short after, bunches of fan art representations of Leto as The Joker were being made, but none shown what he looked like in the film, until a first look of The Joker was tweeted on Twitter.
While I was scared at first, because the tattoos and the "grills" didn't make any sense at all. But one thing I've noticed in movies is if the character stays the same, people complain about why the character is the same. But, if the character changes, the people also complain. Nobody can be happy. A good few loved Jared's take on the Joker, which included myself. But people didn't get the whole punk-like look on the Joker. I never knew what he would sound or act like either, that is until, the Comic-Con trailer was leaked then released to the public.
After this, I was a more comfortable with this being the new Joker. I loved the voice and how it looks like he might use electroshock therapy to torture someone, who turned out to be Dr. Harleen Quinzel. His role in the film looked mysterious and still seemed a little strange to me, but I decided to give him a chance on his role and waited. Then the second trailer hit, and featured more of The Joker, while still leaving his role in the film very mysterious.
When he said, "I can't wait to show you my toys.", I did nothing but laugh. Then it's when this image below has shown up, and made me believe Jared Leto was right to play Joker.
I absolutely loved this scene in the trailer. The Joker is a person who loves violence, so when he causes something chaotic, he can't help but laugh his butt off. I absolutely loved him, and again, couldn't wait to see him again.
Jared Leto is one of many actors who do what is called "method acting," so during production, he stayed in costume and makeup the whole time, and sent everyone gifts. Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn, got a rat, a love letter, and black roses. Will Smith, who portrays Deadshot, got cases and cases of bullets. Jay Hernandez, also got a gift, but it was never revealed as to what he got. The rest of the cast got a dead pig carcass. Then earlier this year, everyone minus Viola Davis, got used condoms and anal beads sent in their mail. How gross! But one thing about the Joker is, is that he doesn't know personal boundaries. So to him it's funny but to others is wrong, and that's what I love about actors that practice method acting. They get to know the character and immediately act like the character.
The third and last trailer excited me, as Joker and Batman were featured heavily in the trailer, teasing their mysterious roles that tied into the main plot of the story. This scene made me scream in excitement, as we know seen the Clown Prince of Crime fully come out. The "grills" are actually metal caps from when his original teeth were knocked out most likely by Batman. The tattoos, which was explained by David Ayer, was to give The Joker "a fresh, modern criminal look," which I completely feel fine with.
The Joker is a psychopath who loves blowing up things and killing people all because of one person: Batman. He craves Batman's attention, and will do ANYTHING to get it. In movies, he is only portrayed as one of his many sides. Cesar Romero's was a very comical clown. Jack Nicholson was a gangster. Heath Ledger's Joker was the anarchist who caused chaos for fun. Jared Leto's Joker is all of those Jokers combined into one. He's got the funny, he's definitely got the gangster, he's got the anarchy, and of course, the psychopathic way. He'll make an excellent adversary in the future for the heroes in the DC Cinematic Universe.
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