Well that didn’t take long. Following David Ayer’s recent teaser image of the character and Jared Leto’s own candid Snapchat pic, the director has officially revealed the first legitimate photo of Leto in character as the Joker in Suicide Squad. He’s very pale, very tattooed and totally insane. And he’s nothing like any Joker you’ve ever seen before.
Production recently began on David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but that hasn’t stopped the director from adding to the film’s super-villainous lineup. Joining the impressive and ever-growing roster of stars is rapper/actor Common, last seen in last year’s critically acclaimed Selma.
After months of casting, pre-production photos and the state of Jared Leto’s hair affairs, Suicide Squad is officially, finally filming. Director David Ayer has been bucking the studio trend when it comes to superhero films, and he’s remained very open and communicative about the project on Twitter. Ayer made the official announcement today, so expect to see even more production photos over at his account soon.
Okay, so maybe that’s not technically Jared Leto’s Joker. Maybe that’s just a slightly out-of-focus Jared Leto with green hair. He doesn’t have the white makeup or the purple suit or the bright red lips. But he’s got the hair. It’s a start.
It’s all coming together for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as the upcoming DC film heads into production. Ayer himself has been pretty active on social media, posting pre-production and behind the scenes photos freely — which goes against the typical secrecy surrounding superhero film projects (not that Suicide Squad is your average superhero film). Today, Ayer assembled the cast for a big group photo, which features a few new faces.
With the inclusion of Joker, Harley Quinn and Deadshot, along with rumors of Batman’s involvement in Suicide Squad, it stands to reason that we might see a certain criminal facility pop up in David Ayer’s upcoming film. The director has validated those suspicions, teasing a trip to Arkham Asylum, where we’ll likely see Batman’s foes incarcerated.
We’ve been hearing some interesting Suicide Squad rumors this week, but the latest report might be the most interesting yet. Not only does it shed some light on the way David Ayer is approaching Jared Leto’s version of the Joker, but it gives us some clues about how Ben Affleck’s Batman might make an appearance in the film. Best of all, Ayer is relying on some great source material for the Joker: Frank Miller’s classic graphic novel ‘The Dark Knight Returns.’
Suicide Squad boasts a pretty heavy lineup of characters and stars, from Jared Leto’s Joker to Will Smith’s Deadshot, and rumors of Jesse Eisenberg reprising his role of Lex Luthor from Batman vs. Superman. With all these major players, it stands to reason that the film should have a fairly major villain to match. Over the last several months, we’ve learned a lot about the film, but there’s one thing that hasn’t been revealed, and that’s the identity of the film’s big bad. That might have just changed.
We’ve been hearing some hype from various stars and people involved with Suicide Squad, from Margot Robbie talking about her role as Harley Quinn to Jared Leto relating the Joker to Shakespeare (yeah, okay). Today, another Suicide Squad star tosses her opinion out there—Cara Delevingne, who plays Enchantress in the upcoming film, has some particularly enthusiastic words to share.
Despite being based on a niche comic book and starring a cast of characters who are total unknowns to most people, Suicide Squad is quickly shaping up to be one of the most intriguing superhero movies on our radar. Much of our interest comes from the cast director David Ayer has assembled for his supervillain-themed men-on-a-mission tale. Even with Tom Hardy dropping out, the film is still set to feature Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Viola Davis (and, sigh, Jai Courtney), which makes this one of the nuttiest ensembles ever assembled. Now, Ayer is looking to plug that Tom Hardy-shaped hole with Joel Kinnaman.