Jared Leto on playing the 'Shakespearean' role of The Joker in Suicide Squad

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Jan 17, 2020, 1:51 PM EST (Updated)

One of the most intriguing casting moves out of DC’s massive slate of superhero movies was the decision to make Jared Leto the new Joker. Turns out he’s so psyched, he’s comparing the role to Shakespeare.

Leto scored the cover in the new issue of Billboard magazine, and as part of the coverage they conducted an interview with the musician/actor. Not surprisingly, his upcoming role as Batman’s most iconic nemesis in Suicide Squad just happened to come up. He couldn’t say much, obviously, but his approach to the character is definitely intriguing.

Leto has a penchant for throwing himself into the deep end when it comes to acting roles, and it sounds like he’s wanting to find the layers in the Joker. Considering he has to follow up the late Heath Ledger’s inspired take on the Joker from The Dark Knight, it’s nice to hear he’s taking it so seriously. Oh, and he’s apparently putting on a bit of weight for the role:

“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character -- that's what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right? [He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character -- what a big challenge…

Do you mind if I eat a little? I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours -- and I'm terrible at eating a lot.”

We’re definitely digging the respect Leto is showing for the character, and we’re getting more and more excited to see how Suicide Squad comes together. It sounds like they’re wanting to make the Joker a whole lot more than just a bad guy for Batman to hunt, and we can’t wait to see this “Shakespearean” spin on the idea.

What do you make of Leto’s comments? Is he a good choice for the Joker?

(Via Billboard)