Fans are only days away from the highly-anticipated premiere of Suicide Squad. While many can’t wait to see some of their favorite DC villains in action, Jared Leto’s take on the Joker is getting plenty of attention ahead of the film’s release.
Complex is reporting that Leto sat down and explained what it was like playing the iconic villain and following great performances from the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.
“I hope it’s an introduction [to the Joker] and not the end!” Leto explained in an interview with the Toronto Sun. “Because I could easily just play the Joker a couple more times and then retire. Because it’s so fulfilling and so creative and it’s so imaginative. It’s really difficult to think about doing anything else!”
What kind of things would Leto like to see in future movies?
For starters, Leto hopes that his character will go head to head with Ben Affleck’s Batman.
“I think it would be incredible to see Batman and the Joker go head-to-head!” Leto admitted. “This Batman and this Joker. I mean, I don’t know, that might be too much! But that would be fun.”
Affleck has already promised fans that he will star in another Batman movie, so a potential fight between the characters is not farfetched. In fact, Business Insider revealed that Affleck is developing his own Batman film and will helm the project as well as write the screenplay.
At the same time, director David Ayer was thoroughly impressed with Leto’s performance, which definitely bodes well for his future with the villain.
“It’s not just playing the role and doing the work on set in front of the camera,” Ayer shared. “The way he treated it and how serious he was about it, that sort of rubbed off on the crew and the other actors. He really made the movie and the photography of the film much more of an event.”
While fans would love to see Leto and Affleck in their own movie together, Bustle is reporting that Batman will make a cameo in Suicide Squad.
The details about Batman’s cameo are still murky, but he will share at least one scene with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie). Clips from the official trailer show Batman carrying an unconscious Quinn to his Batmobile.
At the same time, Batman is also shown engage in a high-speed car chase with Quinn and the Joker, with one shot featuring him standing on top of their vehicle. It isn’t known if Batman and the Joker get into a fight, but it looks like they will engage each other during the film.
Batman will also cross paths with Deadshot (Will Smith) at some point in the movie.
“The Bat does cross my path… and, ya know, it’s not completely pleasant,” Smith revealed.
Of course, Suicide Squad is not the usual superhero movie, and its version of Batman will be more villainous than ever before. After all, the villains in the movie don’t exactly see the caped crusader in a good light.
“All the Batman movies have been from Batman’s point of view. He’s the good guy. He’s the hero of his own movie in all the movies we’ve seen. If you look at what Bruce Wayne has done in creating the Batman persona, his idea was to terrorize criminals. It’s sort of psychological warfare against criminals,” Ayer explained. “For the first time, we’re seeing Batman from the point of view of the criminals, and he’s freaking scary.”
Suicide Squad is set to open in theaters today (August 5).
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