‘Suicide Squad‘ producer Charles Roven (‘The Dark Knight Rises’,’Man of Steel’) has sadly just confirmed that the movie will be PG-13 but also has given us new details about Jared Leto‘s take on The Joker. Roven has been a part of quite a few of the DC films for Warner Brothers including ‘The Dark Knight’ which gave us Heath Ledger’s iconic role on the character. He didn’t try to compare the two performances, of course, but did explain a little about Leto on set.
First, however, that horrible rating. After ‘Deadpool’ was announced to have an R rating, many were hoping that a film about DC’s villains might be able to share in that rating. Unfortunately not, however his explanation on why that is does make sense:
“The intention of the film is definitely to be PG-13… We really want to make these films tonally consistent so that, as I said because this is a shared universe, at least our current thinking—and again, we’re not dealing in absolutes because while this is business it’s also a creative endeavor, so you want to leave yourself open to changing your mind, doing something different, being inspired, that’s the whole process of filmmaking is you have to allow for inspiration as well as having a road map for what you’re gonna do. So our plan right now is to make all these films PG-13. In some cases, you know, right there on the edge of PG-13, but still PG-13.”
As for how was Leto on set when it came to playing The Crown Prince of Crime?
“Look, you know, it was different, it was fun. The group first wasn’t sure because the AD’s had to call him ‘Mr. J’ to get him to come to the set [laughs]. And he did in many ways isolate himself from the rest of the group, but that’s really what his character was, the purpose of his character in many ways, other than when he was with Harley or trying to get Harley. It was very entertaining, it was fuel for a lot of good sport and a lot of laughs, and his isolation bonded the squad, and we wanted the squad bonded.”
Even with Leto being so isolated throughout filming, it sounds like ‘Suicide Squad’ was fun to make:
“I have to say, it was one of the most fun sets ever. I’ve been doing this for a while, and the camaraderie that was built on that set—everybody couldn’t wait for the next day to come back to work.”
Fun set or not, the movie will have a lot riding on it. It will be the first superstar filled supervillain movie to have been made and our first take on The Joker since Ledger’s performance.
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