It takes a lot to be able to terrify someone while they are on a set surrounded by people, but director David Ayer (‘Fury’,’End of Watch’) says that Jared Leto‘s (‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’,’Lord of War’) performance as The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad‘ was able to do just that. To be able to pull off that kind of a reaction means Leto is truly delivering on talent and I’m sure we can all hope that it translates to the big screen. The Joker is one of the most infamous villains in comic book history and being able to bring his level of madness and make it believable to viewers is no small task.

This all came out in an interview with USA Today after Ayer was asked if Leto had frightened him at all on set where he enthusiastically responded with “Big time. The hairs stand up on the back of your neck.”

Not only that, but Ayer let the publication know that other cast and crew members “kept their distance” from the actor due to the extremes of how Leto stayed in character. This seems to match Will Smith’s view that he never actually met Leto but just The Joker persona that he wore the entire time he they were filmingt.

One can only hope that Leto really is pulling the character off as he is a “scary character to tackle” according to Ayer and they really need to bring their A game after Ledger’s performance.

While I was skeptical of anyone pulling off the role, especially with the wildly different look from what we’ve seen before, the more I am seeing from Leto the more interested I am. In fact, his performance is pushing ‘Suicide Squad’ up to the top of my Must See list for the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe.

Are you looking forward to seeing Jared Leto as The Joker when ‘Suicide Squad’ is released? Do you think he really will be able to pull off the iconic role? Share your thoughts below!

‘Suicide Squad’ directed by David Ayer and starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adam Beach, Jay Hernandez, and Karen Fukahara with Ben Affleck hits theaters on August 5, 2016.