While Suicide Squad may not have been much of a critical hit, it certainly seemed to be a crowd pleaser. Despite the bad reviews, the film had solid legs in its laters weeks at the box office, seeming to imply that word of mouth was relatively positive. Even many reviewers admit that, despite the muddled mess of the plot, the characters were a lot of fun to behold. Among these characters was that of Jared Leto’s Joker.
Coming on the heels of Heath Ledger’s iconic interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight would be no easy task. That much was clear from the get-go. Despite what you may think of the end result, you can’t say it wasn’t a different take. Jack Nicholson’s Joker was a mob boss, Heath Ledger’s Joker was a terrorist, and Jared Leto’s Joker was an insane gangster.
Now, in a new clip from a Blu-ray special feature, we have an extra bit of insight into the unique portrayal of one of pop culture’s most infamous villains.
Check it out below!
Speaking about the role, Leto opened up about his thoughts when taking on this burden of a character:
“This role has always been interpreted so beautifully, but then there’s the other side: What else can you uncover? What other parts of this story or this life, what can you do that hasn’t been done? That side of me that likes exploration, that likes adventure, that likes to push the envelope, that was set on fire immediately. I knew that I was going to have to dive really deep and go to a place that I’ve never gone before.”
Finally, director David Ayer also spoke on the process of Leto actually finding the character:
“So during the process of figuring out the Joker and helping Jared create that character, I kinda had to say goodbye to Jared. There was a point when he went away and was replaced slowly and surely by the Joker. It was a fascinating process to watch. There was this really nice guy, a good guy with a lot of depth to him, he’s a very thoughtful person. The Joker is not someone you’d say is a really good guy.”
What do you think about this featurette, and did you end up liking Leto’s interpretation of the character? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Suicide Squad hits Digital HD on November 15, 2016.
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