Jared Leto Reveals the Origin of His Joker Laugh for ‘Suicide Squad’

By May 9, 2016

Despite the mixed reactions to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s no arguing that Warner Bros. has done a superb job with the marketing campaign for Suicide Squad, which finds some of the most dangerous villains in the DC Comics repertoire teaming up to run special ops missions for the US Government. Every trailer we’ve seen has been fantastic, and footage from the film has been universally well-received, but there’s still one component that remains a bit controversial – Jared Leto’s radical interpretation of The Joker.

Covered in tattoos and sporting a chrome-plated smile, this version of the Clown Prince of Crime is something we’ve never seen before, and opinions about these revisions to the character’s iconic look have been split. But even folks who aren’t keen on the Joker’s new style have to admit that Leto’s laugh, as heard in the most recent trailer, is creepy as hell. So how did he come up with it?

Speaking to CNBC’s Squawk Box, Leto talked about developing this crucial element of the character:

“I worked on the laugh walking around the streets of New York and Toronto, and I kinda would walk around the streets and see what laughs would get under people’s skin. You know when you hear someone laugh at a restaurant? It’s a little jarring. I tried them out. And I kind of got to a place where I would laugh and people are always turning around like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?'”

It sounds like a but of an unorthodox approach, but it seems to have worked out in Leto’s favor. Personally, I would be more than a little concerned if I heard someone laughing like that – and even in the trailer, the sound of The Joker’s laugh seems to be a cause for alarm with the other characters, particularly Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).

Directed by David Ayer and co-starring Will Smith, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Viola Davis, Suicide Squad is scheduled to open on August 5.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

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Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).
  • David Johnson

    Hoping the studio doesn’t over think revising the movie because of bVSs!!!!