Jared Leto Teases ‘Something Different’ for The Joker in ‘Suicide Squad’

“It’s really interesting to reinterpret, redefine,” actor says

Last Updated: April 1, 2016 @ 12:04 PM

DC fans have gotten a few glimpses of The Joker in the trailers for “Suicide Squad,” but they’re still not sure what to expect from Jared Leto, who teased that he prepared “something different.”

The Oscar-winning actor talked to Entertainment Weekly about making the role his own, since it was very famously played by Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Academy Award for his performance in “The Dark Knight,” and Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton‘s “Batman.”

“You just knew you had to do something different. You had to make it your own. That happens all the time,” Leto said. “Whether you’re a composer working on a piece of music that was written a century ago, or you’re an actor on stage, reinterpreting a play, it’s very common these days. Directors take on great works of cinema, actors reinterpret roles, that’s been going on for a great deal of time. From ‘Scarface’ to ‘Hamlet.’ In some ways it’s really interesting to reinterpret, redefine.”

“The work that’s been done on this character by so many people before me has been so impactful, so incredible, so much fun, so profound, so risky, that it’s a very special thing to be asked to take on that responsibility,” Leto added.

“Suicide Squad,” directed and co-written by David Ayer, will be the next DC movie to hit theaters on Aug. 5.