Jared Leto’s The Joker will be “majestic” in ‘Suicide Squad’, plus first set pictures released


Casting a new actor to play The Joker was always going to be difficult, and how anyone would be brave enough to follow on from Heath Ledger’s legacy is fascinating. Jared Leto is the extremely brave man who is going to do it, and naturally fans are interested to see what Leto can pull off.

He’s a great actor, and deservedly won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar last year for Dallas Buyers Club, and now he will bring his talents to the DC world. What can we expect to see from Leto as The Joker?

A fan asked Suicide Squad director David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) to sum up Let’s Joker in just one word, and that word was “majestic”. You will find the Tweet below.

Also included below are a number of set pictures posted on Twitter by Ayer (who is well known for posting tons of updates).

David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage, Fury) will write and direct.

Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman said in a statement: “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Charles Roven (Man of Steel) is producing, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson, and Geoff Johns onboard as executive producers.

Here is how the line-up of actors now looks:

Jared Leto – The Joker

Will Smith – Deadshot

??? – Rick Flag

Margot Robbie – Harley Quinn

Jai Courtney – Boomerang

Cara Delevingne – Enchantress

Viola Davis – Amanda Waller

Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor (rumoured)

Star Margot Robbie opened up to MTV about her thoughts on the Suicide Squad film:

“I think on a scale of like, The Dark Knight is here and The Avengers is here, I think it’s more on the Dark Knight side of things.”

Actress Viola Davis will play Suicide Squad Nick Fury type character Amanda Waller, and she recently spoke to THR about her thoughts on DC comic books:

As a comic book and Wonder Woman fan, I love the whole DC Comics universe. I traded comic books as a kid so all of that appeals to me. When you dream about being an actor as a kid, that’s what you dream about. That’s like play acting: being the superhero, getting the gun; it plays into that fantasy. How to Get Away with Murder changed my exposure. I don’t know if it changed the quality of roles as much as it changed the exposure. I mean certainly Amanda Waller is a fabulous character.”

Below are some set images, plus two of Jared Leto preparing his Joker look:

About Matt Wavish 10003 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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