While the “Suicide Squad” trailer turned a few heads at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, one thing many fans couldn’t really agree on is whether or not actor Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Joker is a worthy successor to Heath Ledger. Of course, we’ve only seen one official photo, and a couple lines from the trailer, but some fans still aren’t convinced that the washed up rocker look is the best direction to take the Batman villain.
But whether or not you like what you’ve seen of Leto’s performance so far, there’s no denying the actor’s chops, as well as his devotion to the roles he takes (just look at his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club”). And apparently, Leto isn’t afraid to ask others for help in creating his characters, either. In an interview with Comic Heroes Magazine (via GamesRadar), comic book writer Grant Morrison revealed that Leto came to him asking for some advice.
Here’s what Morrison had to say when asked what he thought of what he’s seen so far.
“It looks quite interesting. [Leto] called me to talk about his approach to the character and I steered him in a few directions. I’m keen to see if anything other than slicked back hair and the Marilyn Manson vibe made it into his performance.”
It wasn’t clear what specific tips Morrison had given to Leto, but the actor couldn’thave picked a better writer to ask for advice. After all, Morrison did write the awesome “Batman R.I.P.” run, which contained perhaps one of the more demented versions of the character. Morrison’s Joker faced complete facial reconstruction surgery after suffering a shot to the head from a cop in a Batman costume. The result was the demented piece of work below.
Yeah, pretty intense stuff. While it’s clear that Leto’s Joker won’t be going that intense, it’s clear that there is some sort of influence.
What do you think of Leto’s Joker so far? What kind of advice do you think Morrison gave the Academy Award-winning actor? Let us know your thoughts down below!
“Suicide Squad” hits theaters on August 5, 2016.