‘Suicide Squad’ might just be the little movie that could. When it was first announced a lot of people wondered how it could be a commercial success, a film starring nothing but villains released so early into the development of the DC Cinematic Universe. Then people saw the potential and began to get excited. Then the names of the cast members were released, and people wondered at the choices made for the various characters, some of the actors cast not sitting well with a lot of people. And then they got over it (mostly) after they saw the first trailer for the film, and began to see various pics and videos from the set.

Now it is safe to say ‘Suicide Squad’ might be one of the more highly anticipated comic-book movies of 2016, thanks in no small part to the controversial performance of Jared Leto as the new cinematic Joker, filling in the Oscar-winning shoes of Heath Ledger. And how did Leto tackle the challenge? Apparently he went completely method for the Joker, which is a little scary when you think about it.

Method acting requires the actor to completely become the character, whether the camera is rolling or not, which, at least according to Margot Robbie, took some getting used to, especially since he was already wearing some freakish make-up and sporting some nasty tattoos:

“At first it was kind of confronting (to be up close) but now I’m so used to it, I think if I ever saw him out of makeup now I would be really confused.

Actually, I saw him out of makeup once and I was actually petrified of him. I was too scared to go up and didn’t know who that person was, and when he got back into his makeup I was far more comfortable.”

How much of a role the Joker will actually play in ‘Suicide Squad‘ is anyone’s guess, but if Leto has done a good job with the role, my hope is that he is  featured in a lot of scenes, especially if they hit any of the story beats of ‘The Killing Joke’ (as is rumored and has been hinted by Leto himself on social media), and if they go into the origins of Harley Quinn, which of course revolve around her beloved “Mr. J.”

Source: NY Daily News