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Matt McGloin

Jared Leto Talks Joker For Suicide Squad & Task Force X Scene Description Revealed



The latest issue of Empire Magazine has a featured article on the new Suicide Squad movie, which includes a batch of new images and a crazy Jared Leto Joker cover.

Now we hear from Jared Leto for the first time talking about the Joker as well as a scene involving Deadshot, Diablo, Boomerang, Slipknot, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc.

Regarding the Joker, Leto offers:

"I was just thinking that the Joker would probably just say, 'F**k you,' and hang up...

There was definitely a period of...detachment. I took a pretty deep dive. But this was a unique opportunity and I couldn't imagine doing it another way. It was fun, playing those psychological games. But at the same time it was very painful, like giving birth out of my prick hole.

I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think. It's something different. If you don't break rules, you're not going to strike new ground. I think I'll be cooling down for the rest of my life." 

It's also revealed that the actor, Jim Parrack, that plays Joker's henchman, Johnny Frost, is ordered by Leto on set to spray paint roses black and fill a backpack with nine-inch nails. Leto also said he listened to 1920s gospel music and read books about Shamans to get him into the mood to play The Joker.

Batman producer Charles Roven also let it be known the look of the Joker is inspired by Mexican cartels: "[The Joker is] more social...a very successful and smart businessman besides being a sociopath." 

Director David Ayer offered his take as well: "The Joker is the third rail of comic book movies. There's a power to that character, and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other millions of things that went into it, we've cooked up something transcendent. He's scary."


Regarding the Task Force X scene:

Deadshot, Diablo, Boomerang, Slipknot, Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc are on board a helicopter working with Navy SEALs led by Rick Flag, when they are joined by Katana. It's revealed Katana is Flag's bodyguard and has joined Task Force X voluntarily.

Dialogue included in the scene has Flag stating: "She's got my back. I'd advise not getting killed by her - her sword traps the souls of its victims."

Harley Quinn then introduces herself: "Harley Quinn, nice to meetcha. Love your perfume. What is that: Stench of Death?"

A bit about Killer Croc is mentioned as Croc throws up chunks of half-digested goat meat and then picks it up and eats it, which grosses out the NAVY Seals.

"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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