This Article is From Apr 20, 2016

How Jared Leto Prepared for Joker's Role in Suicide Squad

How Jared Leto Prepared for Joker's Role in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto as Joker in a still from Suicide Squad.


  • Suicide Squad is slated to release in August 2016
  • Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney also star in the movie
  • Actors Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson have played the role of Joker earlier
London: Actor Jared Leto has revealed that he spent time with people suffering from mental disorder as well as doctors and psychiatrists to prepare for his role as the Joker in upcoming movie Suicide Squad.

The 44-year-old actor, who will take on the role of the supervillain in the upcoming superhero movie, pulled out all the stops to ensure his version of the character was suitably complex, reported Female First.

In an interview, Jared Leto said, "(I met) people that were experts, doctors, psychiatrists that dealt with psychopaths and people who had committed horrendous crimes. I spent some time with those people themselves, people who have been institutionalised."

Mr Leto remained in character throughout the filming process and was determined his version of the Joker would go in a "different direction" to that of the late Heath Ledger's portrayal in 2008 motion picture The Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson's version in 1989's Batman.

"There had been such great work that we knew we had to go in a different direction," the actor said.

Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis and Jai Courtney are also set to star in the movie. (Also Read: Suicide Squad's New Trailer Will Make You Lose Your Mind)