In exactly one month, the world will be introduced to some of DC Comic's most sinister villains ever, with the release of Suicide Squad. The next chapter in the DCEU sees notorious DC criminals, such as Harley Quinn and Deadshot, teaming up to go on deadly missions for the government.
Of course, you can't have a dark villain-centric movie without one of the craziest villains in DC history. Which is exactly why The Joker will be making a no doubt memorable appearance in Suicide Squad when the film comes out in August!
The Clown Prince of Crime is set to make his DCEU debut in Suicide Squad, portrayed by the talented actor/musician Jared Leto. Given that he's the most anticipated villain in the film, besides his ex-partner Harley of course, Joker's purpose in Suicide Squad has been left a bit of a mystery. After all, whatever DC has planned for this new live-action Joker, they'll want to keep it under wraps until the film's August 5 release date.
But that hasn't stopped us from uncovering a few juicy details on Jared Leto's Joker, whether from trailers, interviews, or other sources of information! To prepare for the premiere of Suicide Squad next month, I've decided to compile a list of everything we know about the film's Joker—more or less.
His Differences (And Similarities) To His Fellow Jokers!
The image above says it all! Every Joker has a different personality, effectively making that version unique. With every actor having a unique take on the Joker, Jared Leto has some pretty infamous faces to live up to.
There's Cesar Romero, "The Clown", who's Joker from the Batman live-action series was more slapstick than any other. He was a threat, sure, but you couldn't tell by his silly nature and constant puns. Then there's Jack Nicholson's Joker, a gangster who used his background in Mafia-style tactics to nearly bring Gotham City to its knees!
More recently, there was Heath Ledger, whose Joker was made of pure and total anarchy! He was a man with a plan, and that plan was to ignore the conventional rules of society and do what he wanted when he wanted.
Finally, there's Jared Leto's Joker; "The Psychopath". It's too early to say just how crazy Leto's Joker is, or if he's even crazier than the others, but judging from the trailers, I'd say he's definitely going to embrace his psychopathic nature.
Jared Leto even talked about how he made his Joker unique, discussing his process in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“We knew we had to strike new ground. There had been such great work that we knew we had to go in a different direction. So you had a kind of direction from the very beginning, knowing that you can’t go that way, so you have to head this way. That was really helpful. But the Joker is fantastic because there are no rules. The Joker operates from instinct.”
Of course, he may be different from the other Jokers, but he still shares a few of their "Clown Prince" qualities. We've seen (thanks to several scenes in the trailers) that he runs, or ran, a gang, so he'll certainly be channeling Nicholson at some point. We've also seen that he isn't one to stray from total anarchy, as most Jokers aren't. As for "The Clown", well, every Joker loves jokes, it's just that Joker Leto's may not be very funny to anyone but himself...
He's Not Part Of The Suicide Squad (But He'll Probably Be Giving Some Of Them Trouble)
The Joker has never been a member of the Suicide Squad in the comics, because he just doesn't play well with others. It doesn't look like he'll be joining the Squad in the movie either, but that doesn't mean he won't interact with some members of the team a lot—especially Harley.
Thanks to the trailers, and some newly released Suicide Squad info, we know that Joker's one and only mission is to reunite with his dear Harley. However, we've also seen evidence of a budding relationship between Harley and fellow Squad member Deadshot. I'm willing to bet that Joker won't take too kindly to this new romance and will try to interfere, resulting in a pretty deadly love triangle.
He may or may not be the main villain of the movie, but one thing's for sure; if there is a relationship between Harley and Deadshot, Joker's likely to stir up a good amount of trouble for the Squad to get his Harley back.
He's Ripped And Tatted
When you think of the Joker's appearance, what comes to mind? Well, the Joker is usually a very pale and skinny dude, which is why it's always so surprising to see how well the lanky clown criminal can handle himself against the likes of Batman.
Jared Leto's Joker has got the pale skin part down, but he's noticeably bulkier than previous versions. This Joker has been hitting the gym, and even though it will no longer be surprising to see him tussle with the "World's Greatest" with those muscles, it's still pretty impressive!
The Joker is also covered head-to-toe in tattoos. These tats have been the subject of controversy since this Joker's reveal, with people either loving them or hating them. Personally, I don't find them all that bad, they give this Joker a unique look that separates him from all the others!
David Ayer, the director of the film, even talked about how significant Joker's tattoos are to the character in an interview with Comicbook.com:
"Tattoos are obviously a big part of a good character, and the tattoo that you guys see down here [pointing to a smile tattoo on the Joker's hand] will be a very, very fun thing in the movie when he decides to put his hand in front of his face and create his iconic smile."
We'll Be Getting An INTENSE Joker (Based On Leto's Method Acting)
You can't just wake up one day and decide to portray the Joker- it takes serious hard work and acting chops! Every actor who has portrayed Joker has had to prepare for a long time to really get into the mind of the Clown Prince of Crime—Jared Leto is no different.
There have been numerous reports of Leto getting into his upcoming role by never breaking character, even when the cameras stop rolling. He's even gone as far as to send strange gifts to his co-stars, such as live rats, condoms, and bullets, just to achieve that Joker shock factor!
If all of his method acting works out, Jared Leto might be set to give us one of the most insane Jokers we've ever seen on the big screen!
He's Already Killed A Robin
One of the biggest comic book events ever has already happened in the DCEU thanks to the Joker. We know that there is (or was) a Robin in the DCEU, thanks to Batman v. Superman, and it has been heavily speculated that it was Jason Todd, and that the Joker killed him. This would make sense, as the same thing happened in the "Death in the Family" comic book storyline.
With Batman making a notable appearance in Suicide Squad, it's possible that we may get more information on the death of the DCEU's Robin. We may even see a pretty emotional scene involving Batman and Joker, as he comes face-to-face with his protege's killer.
He Comes (Over) Prepared!
Jared Leto's Joker might just be preparing for something huge, if the trailers are any indication. First, there's the image above, which shows Joker surrounded by a huge assortment of knives, big and small.
Then there's the many scenes in the trailer, which show him and his crew packed wit an arsenal of firearms. Where did he even get this many weapons? Who know, it' the Joker! Why does he need them? Well, hopefully this is just a case of over-preparing, and he doesn't actually need hundreds upon hundreds of knives and guns.
There's also a scene in some of the trailers where Joker proclaims his eagerness to show someone his "new toys" meaning that he probably has even more weapons than the trailers are letting on. I don't know what's causing Jared Leto to go Full Metal Joker, but I must say that my interest is piqued!
He Is A Crazy Cocktail Of Comic Book Jokers!
Jared Leto's version of the Joker is very different from every version we've seen before, but that doesn't mean he doesn't share some characteristics with other iterations of the character. In fact, the Joker in Suicide Squad pulls a little something from a ton of famous comic book Jokers to create the ultimate crazy Joker cocktail!
His choice in fashion (mainly white suits) is based on the famous Frank Miller Dark Knight Returns version of the character. He also seems to pulling heavily from Brian Azzarello's Joker graphic novel, as well as the joker from the famous New 52 storyline, Endgame.
Like Azzarello's Joker, the Joker in Suicide Squad is a menacing leader of a gang, one that is no doubt just as frightened of him as others are. We may even see one of his gang members, Jonny Frost, make an appearance in the film. The Endgame comparison is purely cosmetic so far, with Jared Leto's Joker having more than a little resemblance to the New 52 version of the character. Something tells me he'll be just as psychotic as well.
Whether it be similar clothing, appearance, or mannerisms, Jared Leto's Joker is practically a petri dish of previous iterations of the Joker from the comics. Ironically enough, this makes his character extremely unique, as the combined Jokers have created a Clown Prince unlike any other!
The Joker's actual role in Suicide Squad (and the DCEU) is still being kept under wraps by DC, but judging by what we know, and the fact that he's the Joker, I'm sure it'll be a big one! You can see Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad when it comes out on August 5!