When the “Suicide Squad” movie hits theaters in August, it will be the first time the whole deadly team of villains and anti-heroes will be assembled on the big screen. One character however — the Joker — is no stranger to taunting theaters with his creepy yet charming persona. So far both Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger have brought the Joker to life in Tim Burton’s “Batman” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight.” Jared Leto, “Suicide Squad’s” new Joker, believes his character is infamous to the point of being second only to one other villain in history.
Digital Spy reports that Leto recently shared some insights on the character, saying that, “The only villain who may be more infamous is the devil.” While some could argue that Darth Vader is the most infamous villain in pop culture, Leto would not be wrong in pointing out the Joker’s long-standing torment of Bruce Wayne both on the page and on the screen, and his effect on pop culture.
Leto also said that “The Joker is an icon, a legend, the baddest of the bad and seems to be having the most fun. Hard not to be a fan of that.” Joker’s mix of villainy and fun can be seen in both the comics and in various animated adaptations, including “Batman: The Animated Series,” in which Mark Hamill voiced him as a smiling, jovial, yet maniacal foe who was always causing trouble for the Dark Knight. If Leto sees both the fun side and the devilish side of the Joker, then that might lend some clues as to the type of Joker he’ll be playing in the film.
“Suicide Squad” is directed by David Ayer and opens in theaters August 5.
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