Director David Ayer Says Jared Leto’s Joker Will Make “The Hairs Stand Up On the Back of Your Neck”

Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 8:54PM
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Saturday, 23 January 2016 - 8:54PM
Director David Ayer Says Jared Leto’s Joker Will Make “The Hairs Stand Up On the Back of Your Neck”
Though Jared Leto's crazy antics on the set of Suicide Squad are more than well known, it seems that director David Ayer really wants to make sure that people know how absolutely crazy the actor's take on Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime really is. In a recent interview with USA Today, Ayer went ahead and did just that. Here's some snippets from the interview:  

Opening quote
It's a scary character to tackle […] This iteration of him, people will realize there really is a continuity of history - there is a lot of respect for what the Joker represents, who he is as a character. He is the best-known villain in fiction, so there's an incredible responsibility there to also be faithful to what he is but at the same time push him into this next world, next time, next phase.
Closing quote


Opening quote
I love helping actors find what methodology works best for them. It's like tailoring a suit - it's not one size fits all. But it really made an event when he would show up on set. There was almost a pageantry to him, which did translate into the power on screen he has.
Closing quote


Opening quote
The hairs stand up on the back of your neck […] If you're a Batman fan, you have to love/hate the Joker because he's the best nemesis ever. Just to have him on one of my film sets, it was a very memorable thing for me.
Closing quote


Though Batman v Superman is almost here, there's a lot of comic book movie fans who seem to be more excited for the film about the antiheroes and villains rather than the upcoming battle between the super-heroic titans. Leto definitely has some pretty big shoes to fill coming in after Heath Ledger's epic performance in The Dark Knight, but it's clear that this iteration of the Joker is going to be pretty different than Ledger's too. There was a lot of skepticism when the first image of Leto's Joker first came out, but it seems that the majority of it has died down upon hearing his first lines in the Comic Con trailer. "Oh, I'm not gonna kill ya. I'm just hurt ya, really, really, bad."  



Of course the latest trailer didn't disappoint either, showing Joker with his gang, creepily threatening someone with his "new toys," laying in a circle of knives, shooting a machine gun, throwing Harley in a vat of acid…it definitely looks like Leto could steal the show, and he's not even technically a member of the titular Suicide Squad.



Leto's Joker is evidently taking a lot from the version of the character presented in Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's graphic novel, "Joker." There he's shown as more of a modern gangster than most of the other iterations, leading his gang with his henchman Johnny Frost by his side and Killer Croc as his muscle. Of course, he's also shown to be the classic, comically frightening enemy that everyone has grown to know in the graphic novel as well.

Fans will probably have to wait until August (though there are rumors of a flashback in Batman v Superman) to see for sure, but Leto looks like he could truly be a killer Joker. Hopefully he lives up to the standard set by his predecessor while taking the character in new and exciting directions, just as Ayer promised.
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