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David Ayer says Jared Leto’s Joker is simply incredible in Suicide Squad

March 18th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer has opened up about Jared Leto’s highly-anticipated take on The Joker, saying that when he the actor walked onto set, everyone stopped what they were doing and watched in amazement.

“In your normal comic-book movie you have the good guy, the hero, and there’s a checklist and you can reverse engineer their actions from any given situation because they’re going to do the right thing,” Ayer told Total Film (via Squareeyed).

“These are bad guys, so they have a lot more options open to them in any given situation. They’re capable of anything, and that’s the fun of this.

“What Jared has done is absolutely incredible. When he steps onto the set the world stops. Everything stops. What he’s done is so powerful, so menacing, so palpable, you can feel him. The crew stops working and just watches him. I have to get everybody going again because he’s so fascinating.

“What’s interesting to me is how there’s been a lot of perceptions of what this film is because we have been exposed more than other movies. What people think this movie is is not what it is. There’s so much more to come.

So, Suicide Squad is not what we think it is!? We think it’s going to be downright awesome from start to finish, so we hope he’s referring to something else!

Synopsis: “It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?”

Suicide Squad has an August 5, 2016 release date directed by David Ayer starring Will Smith as Deadshot, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Adam Beach as Slipknot, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, and Scott Eastwood in an unknown role.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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