Jared Leto Went To Grant Morrison For Joker Advice

Jared Leto Went To Grant Morrison For Joker Advice

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Where did Suicide Squad's Jared Leto go for Joker inspiration? None other than Batman writer Grant Morrison.

When it comes to Batman's greatest villain, there is no shortage of excellent on-screen performances. Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and the legendary Mark Hamill put fantastic spins on the Joker, which raises a question: How will Jared Leto stand out in the upcoming Suicide Squad? We won't know for certain until next year, but we do have one promising detail - Leto consulted Grant Morrison, one of DC Comics biggest names, on how Joker should be portrayed.

"It looks quite interesting." Morrison told Comic Heroes magazine. "He [Leto] called me to talk about his approach to the character and I steered him in a few directions. I'm keen to see if anything other than slicked back hair and the Marilyn Manson vibe made it into his performance."

Why exactly would Leto ask Grant Morrison for advice, you might ask? Outside of being among the most successful superhero writers, Morrison has direct experience working on the Joker. His first graphic novel with DC Comics was Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, a symbolic deconstruction of Batman and his villains. During his groundbreaking JLA run, Joker was a major villain for the "Rock of Ages" storyline. Finally, Joker made several appearances in Morrison's ongoing Batman series, where he became increasingly deranged (more so than usual) after taking a bullet to the head.

Morrison also shared his thoughts on superhero films overall, believing they've reached a point where they should start taking more risks. "I don't think I've seen any great ones for a while," he explained. "Age of Ultron was solid but naturally not quite the game­changer the first Avengers was. We're all familiar with the meat ­and­ potatoes superhero stuff, so I think it's time they made Miracleman, Enigma, Flex Mentallo or something else that's a bit more challenging."

Could Suicide Squad be that "more challenging" superhero film? It already explores a promising dark side of the DC cinematic universe, where supervillains complete missions for the government to remove jail time from their sentences. If Leto's performance could reinvigorate Joker as well, this just might be a great place to start. Suicide Squad arrives in theaters on Aug. 5, 2016.

Source: Gamesradar

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Fanghawk:
Could Suicide Squad be that "more challenging" superhero film?

It could be... but it's almost certainly not. I see two major reasons for this.

One, superhero movies (supervillain movies, I guess, in this case?) from major studios, using well-known characters and well-known actors, tend to be expensive propositions. Apparently SS was originally intended to be a sub-$50 million movie, but that idea went by the wayside some time ago.

A higher budget tends to equate to people being less willing to take risks. The fact that they're even making a movie centered around super-villains is probably seen as quite enough risk-taking in the minds of a lot of people with their eyes firmly fixed on the bottom line. And frankly, it's difficult not to see slotting Will Smith into one of those roles- possibly the most inherently likable actor in America- as something of a hedge against any overall "edginess" to the proceeding.

Two, this is DC we're talking about here- DC, who in the cinematic universe is nursing a serious case of sibling envy viz. Marvel and its successful line-up. With Zack Snyder firmly at the helm of their "main line" production, I can't help but think that the last thing they want is to make "Watchmen"- challenging, serious, and under-performing.

Eh, I still don't really like the look they went for with Mr. J for this movie. Everyone deserves their fair shot, so I'll withhold judgement (well, most of my judgement, at least :P) until I've seen the movie itself. The fact remains, though, that Leto is in the unfortunate position of having to follow Ledger's performance in the role...and there's a lot of people out there that would likely argue that Ledger has been the best on-screen Joker to date. Don't know if I'd agree with them necessarily, but I'm sure there's plenty of people in that camp. Point is, it's almost guaranteed that Leto's performance is going to be compared against Ledger's...regardless of whether or not such a comparison is fair.

This seems like it would get really annoying really quick.

RJ 17:
Eh, I still don't really like the look they went for with Mr. J for this movie. Everyone deserves their fair shot, so I'll withhold judgement (well, most of my judgement, at least :P) until I've seen the movie itself. The fact remains, though, that Leto is in the unfortunate position of having to follow Ledger's performance in the role...and there's a lot of people out there that would likely argue that Ledger has been the best on-screen Joker to date. Don't know if I'd agree with them necessarily, but I'm sure there's plenty of people in that camp. Point is, it's almost guaranteed that Leto's performance is going to be compared against Ledger's...regardless of whether or not such a comparison is fair.

I think the universe they're going for isn't ledgers, for better or worse. Ledgers joker was a guy who wanted to show that though on the surface gotham looked like a decent city with good people it was really full of selfish disgusting monsters, seeing himself as merely an avatar of that.

This new DC universe which Im honestly on the fence about seems to be already full of corruption, hatred and misery. Justice league, man of steel, suicide squad is going to be about showing that people still can show a better side of themselves. In this version the Joker is the embodiment of things just falling apart. Hence his appearence.

Its not a spoiler since no one knows anything for certain but Joker seems to be part of a scene involving a breakout or a heist with a gang of halloween costum gunmen, Im highly suspicious its going to be an "origin" scene for harley quinn getting captured. His false teeth and fillings are cheap and clearly not "cool", I think batman kicked his teeth out after he killed Jason Todd. I'm not a fan of some of the prison tats. $20 says some of those aren't in the actual film. Other than those he looks fine to me.

It you watch the trailer closely the movie seems to revolve around cara being an explorer who gets possessed by enchantess who going on a killing spree requiring the suicide squad. I just don't think letos going to have a big role.

piscian:
Snip.

That's what I meant with "regardless of whether or not such a comparison is fair." I'm fairly certain that the Dark Knight trilogy is self-contained outside of the official universe that DC is trying to build now, but still: the last Joker we had was Ledger, and a great many people were enamored with his performance. As the saying goes: "That'll be a tough act to follow."

Even if Leto knocks it out of the park with his rendition of The Joker, he's still going to be compared to Ledger.

...personally my favorite Joker will always be Mark Hamill. :P

IOwnTheSpire:

Callate:
DC, who in the cinematic universe is nursing a serious case of sibling envy viz. Marvel and its successful line-up.

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From Box Office Mojo the cost, lifetime gross of their movies and % return:

DC

Batman Begins [2005]: 150 million cost, 374 gross (149%)
Green Lantern: 200 million cost, 219 gross (9.5%)
Dark Knight [2008]: 185 million cost, 1004 gross (443%)
Dark Knight Rises [2012]: 250 million cost, 1084 gross (334%)
Man of Steel [2013]: 225 million cost, 668 gross (197%)

Marvel

Avengers [2012]: 220 million cost, 1519 gross (590%)
Iron Man 3 [2013]: 200 million cost, 1215 gross (508%)
Thor Dark World [2013]: 170 million cost, 664 gross (290%)
Winter Soldier [2014]: 170 million cost, 714 gross (320%)
Guardians of the Galaxy [2014]: 170 million cost, 774 gross (355%)
Avengers 2 [2015]: 250 million cost, 1402 gross (460%)
Ant Man [2015]: 130 million cost, 409 gross (214%)

So yeah, in the past three years DC made two movies at a cost of $475,000,000 and for that investment they made roughly a 269% return. In the same time Marvel invested $1,310,000,000 and made a 411% return. If the folks at DC aren't envious they aren't doing their jobs right because Marvel managed to get a better ROI on a talking racoon than DC did on Superman.

So, pretentious non-actor asks pretentious non-writer for acting advice?

Coruptin:
So, pretentious non-actor asks pretentious non-writer for acting advice?

I don't keep up with celebrity news, so maybe I'm off-base, but how is Jared Leto pretentious, and/or a non-actor? He's given consistently solid performances in just about every role he's had, especially in regards to Lord of War, Requiem for a Dream, and his work with David Fincher.

 

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