‘Suicide Squad’ Director Says Jared Leto’s Joker Made The World Stop

By March 25, 2016

Despite my disappointed (that’s putting it lightly) reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, my hope in Warner Bros. and DC’s cinematic universe, has only slightly wavered. The main reason being that I think that there were about 4 or 5 really interesting, good movies packed into Batman v Superman, which shows promise for the standalone and non-team up films that DC has in the works right now.

At the center of all of that too, is David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, which continues to look like one of the most stylish and artistic films we’ve seen from the comic book genre yet. No other character or aspect of the film has garnered quite as much attention and speculation from fans though, than Jared Leto’s Joker, who I become increasingly more excited to see in action onscreen.

His Joker looks interesting, and he looks risky, and he looks different than all of the other iterations of the character that I’ve already seen. A tattooed, physically powerful version of the character that also seems to have some mob boss tendencies mixed within as well.

While recently speaking with Total Film too (via DCVertigoDaily), Suicide Squad director David Ayer spoke briefly on Leto’s Joker, praising not only the actor’s commitment to the role, but the effect he has onscreen, and on the film’s set as well:

“What Jared has done is absolutely incredible. When he steps onto the set the world stops. Everything stops. What he’s done is so powerful, so menacing, and so palpable, you can feel him. The crew stops working and just watches him. I have to get everybody going again because he’s so fascinating.”

Ayer isn’t the first, nor will he likely be the last, person involved in the film to praise Leto’s take on the character, after co-star Will Smith shared his excitement for Leto’s work already, as well as several others.

I have a legitimate feeling that DC’s standalone films and solo movies have the ability to truly shine above the rest. The only films of theirs that I’m really all that worried about are the big, tentpole, team-up projects, like the upcoming Justice League Part 1 and more. Until they get a better handle on their characters and how to competently set up and build out their universe, I fear that the only ones who will actually be able to better the onscreen universe, will be the artists that aren’t hindered by the studio’s overbearing involvement.

It’s looking more and more like that might be the case with Suicide Squad as well, which is probably why the anticipation levels behind the film might even be greater right now than there were in the weeks leading up to Batman v Superman‘s release today.

Suicide Squad will hit theatres on August 5th.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable