When Jared Leto's Joker makes his debut in "Suicide Squad," his appearance will be quite a bit different from classic comic book look. However, according to director David Ayer, this version of the Joker will be loyal to the character's long-established canon.
"You're looking at one of the best-known villains in western literature. He has to be very respectful and elegantly crafted, because you're following in the footsteps of giants. He's very loyal to the canon, but with some modern twist," he explained in the latest issue of Total Film. "With Jared, it's interesting because how do you come at that character? It's like treading on hallowed ground. It requires a strange combination of both respect and fearlessness. I don't want to reveal too much about the magic trick."
"With a good guy, you automatically like them because they do the right thing," he added, addressing the challenges of creating a film starring villains. "But with bad guys it's more of a creative challenge -- how do you get an audience to like a villain?"
Producer Charles Roven also weighed in on the primary antagonist of the film and divulged some interesting details about the as-yet-unknown threat, saying, "Let's just say, when they're called in to do this mission by Amanda, these are one of the things they encounter... They don't know how they got here, but they're weird and dangerous and yet they're wearing military uniforms."
The next DC Cinematic Universe installment, "Suicide Squad," stars Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot and is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, 2016.