While everyone is waiting patiently for DC and Warner Bros’ epic second entry to the DC Extended Universe – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – we find ourselves gravitating more towards the follow up to that film.
David Ayers’ Suicide Squad has been intriguing fans and non-fans alike since it was first announced. As each new cast member and comic character was announced, we started to get an idea of the film, which is set to be a unique superhero experience. Eventually we got our first look at some behind the scenes images and the Comic-Con trailer. This trailer offered our first look at Jared Leto as Joker, and we haven’t really been talking about anything other than that since.
Over the last week we’ve seen Empire Magazine drop a few brand new covers, including yet another official image of Leto in full costume as the Joker. Empire has released four covers featuring four main characters from the film, including a collectors edition of the Joker cover.
Today we’ll take a look at the covers and hear from the actors and even David Ayer himself regarding the characters and storyline of the film. First up, let’s take a look at the Joker image that made the rounds earlier:
This was the first image released of Joker in an actual costume of some kind, from the collectors edition of Empire Magazine. The purple coat is a nice nod to the classic design while the Arkham inmate pants continues to showcase his evident insanity. The cane seems to be a newer element that ties more in to this version of the character than any we’ve seen before on the big screen. The actual Joker cover is below, featuring the shock therapy tools he uses in the trailer.
We still don’t know just how much the Joker will factor in to the film, whether it’s mainly as an introduction to both Leto’s version (presumably before a lead role in the eventual solo Batman films) as well as the definitive reason to bring Harley Quinn into the fold. Recently Leto opened up a bit about his role as the Clown Prince of Crime, and some of the odd pranks and gifts he pulled on or gave to the other cast members as he immersed himself in the Joker role:
“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.”
Leto also described his thoughts on the character, especially in reference to some of the 1920’s music and literature he was researching for the role:
“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.”
He has a fairly interesting take on the character, especially considering some of the recent teases and revelations in the ongoing Batman comic series. Now if these two statements and covers weren’t enough to get you excited for Leto as the Joker, maybe David Ayer’s thoughts on their accomplishments with the character will sway you:
“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.”
Sounds like a Joker we can’t wait to see enter the DCEU. Now, let’s move on to one of the most highly anticipated live-action arrivals, Margot Robbie as the fan-favorite Harley Quinn. The little we’ve seen of the character so far shows us that not only is Robbie killing it as Quinn, but she looks every bit as amazing as we hoped. Yes, I’m a fan of Harley Quinn, and you will be too once you check out her Empire cover:
Ayer spoke a bit about how much the film focuses on Harley Quinn, and her connection to both the Joker and the other members of Task Force X:
It’s about her breaking free of The Joker and becoming this fully actualized, independent person. That really is a metaphor for everyone’s journey here.
Next up is the cover for Deadshot, played by Will Smith. Smith goes into a bit of detail over his character’s involvement with Harley Quinn, and the potential for a lethal love triangle that exists.
Smith plays mercenary Floyd Lawton, who has shared a romance with Harley Quinn in the comics before. Smith teased this romance a little bit during his Empire interview:
“Harley is the biggest troublemaker, but Deadshot’s actually eyeballing her a little bit,” Smith said. “There’s a pretty ragged romantic triangle there.”
Finally we get a great look at Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, a mysterious character who may be the villain of the film, or the hero, or the victim… really her role is still up in the air. Delevingne spoke a bit more on her dual characters and what we can expect to see in the film:
“She’s [Enchantress] an ancient sorceress. A feral being. She’s been trapped for so long and now she’s finally let out. June is an adventure-seeker who’s always wanted some excitement. And she gets what she wished for, in a terrible way.”
Empire once again offers us an impressive look at the cast of Suicide Squad, much like they did recently with X-Men: Days of Future Past. What do you think of these new images from the film? Are you more or less excited to see Leto as Joker in the DCEU? Let us know in the comments section below or join in the discussion at the Grizzlybomb Facebook page!
Images: Empire,Warner Bros.