April 19, 2016

Jared Leto dives deep to play The Joker in Suicide Squad

Posted April 15 2016 — 10:30 AM EDT

The Academy Award winner takes method to another level in the upcoming summer release

It’s no easy feat to take on a comic book character that’s been immortalized in cinema by the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger with performances so riveting, Ledger’s turn landed him a posthumous Oscar. So it was only with a deep commitment that Jared Leto, himself an Oscar winner for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, would take on the Joker part in Warner Bros.’ upcoming summer release Suicide Squad, a part he and director David Ayer redefined for today’s audience.

“The Joker has a lot of different looks, sort of built from the looks throughout the history of DC Comics but with a new sort of flair and flavor on him so he does feel like a modern-day gangster, because… he’s always been a gangster,” says Ayer.

April 13, 2016

CinemaCon Report: Will Smith Describes 'Suicide Squad' Tone, Finally 'Meets' Jared Leto

April 12, 2016

In between Batman v Superman’s dreary vibe and reports (later denied) that Suicide Squad was undergoing reshoots to add more humor, the tone of the upcoming DC Comics antihero assemblage has become a hot topic. Will Squad be that much lighter than BvS? Is it as funny as the first trailers suggest?

“It’s definitely concentrated on a certain amount of levity set into a serious, harsh reality,” star Will Smith, who plays marksman Deadshot, told Yahoo Movies on the Warner Bros. press line at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. “So what [director] David Ayer did that was really good is he didn’t allow us to be in a comic-book movie. You’re playing this character, but this character has real ideas, has real feelings. So he set us firmly into this authentic world, but then allowed for the comedy.

April 11, 2016

Watch: The Joker, Jared Leto, Joins the Fun in New ‘Suicide Squad’ Trailer

APRIL 10, 2016 | 06:46PM PT

A new “Suicide Squad” trailer made its debut at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards Sunday night, showing the villainous crew in action once again.

MTV Generation Award recipient Will Smith, with fellow “Suicide Squad” stars Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevingne, introduced the clip, which features previously unreleased footage of the supervillains, at the event, hosted by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart.

April 04, 2016

Suicide Squad Official Trailer feat. Jared Leto

Source: EW.

Suicide Squad: Jared Leto tried to reinvent Joker like actors do for Hamlet

Posted March 31 2016 — 12:00 PM EDT

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Jared Leto is the first to admit that he hasn’t quite pinned down his feelings about playing one of comic lore’s most iconic villains — the Joker in Warner Bros.’ coming DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. Leto puts a tattooed spin on the anarchic clown prince of crime, a ring leader of sorts for the group of baddies brought together to execute incredibly risky missions — ones that will most likely get them killed — in exchange for clemency. With the movie’s release months away, the actor and 30 Seconds to Mars frontman is still figuring out how to articulate his approach to assuming the mantle of Batman’s greatest foe. “I haven’t formulated a lot of my thoughts on this,” he tells EW.