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Grant Morrison Gave Jared Leto Joker Advice for “Suicide Squad”

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Grant Morrison Gave Jared Leto Joker Advice for “Suicide Squad”

What’s been revealed of Jared Leto’s Joker has been divisive so far, with the “Suicide Squad” trailer and promo images drawing strong reactions from devoted comic book fans. Those same fans might find it interesting to learn that iconic comic book writer Grant Morrison had a hand in creating Leto’s version of the Joker.

As reported by GamesRadar, Morrison told the magazine “Comic Heroes” that he finds Leto’s take on the Clown Prince of Crime “quite interesting.”

“He [Leto] called me to talk about his approach to the character and I steered him in a few directions,” explained Morrison, who penned one of the Joker’s most memorable tales — “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.” “I’m keen to see if anything other than slicked back hair and the Marilyn Manson vibe made it into his performance.”

Judging by “Suicide Squad” co-star Will Smith’s recent comments, there’s definitely a lot to Leto’s Joker — at least enough to keep the actor occupied and in character during the duration of shooting.

“I have never actually met Jared Leto,” said Smith, in an interview with the Beats 1 radio show. “So we worked together for six months and we’ve never exchanged a word outside of ‘action’ and ‘cut.’ We’ve never said, ‘hello.’ We’ve never said, ‘good day.’ I’ve only ever spoken to him as Deadshot and him as The Joker. I literally have not met him yet … No, not a single word exchanged off camera. He was all in on the Joker.”

Jared Leto debuts as the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” which opens on August 5, 2016.

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