Whenever there’s any talk about Jared Leto playing The Joker in Suicide Squad, there’s always a big, purple-waistcoat wearing elephant in the room; the fact Heath Ledger played and absolutely nailed the character.
Ledger, who received a posthumous Oscar for his role in The Dark Knight, gave the character both a depth and craziness to the Joker unseen in Cesar Romero or Jack Nicolson’s portrayals of the Batman villain. It would be fair to say Leto has a lot to live up to.
Thanks to co-star Viola Davis, who plays a government agent in charge of the squad, we’ve had a glimpse into just how Leto has been preparing for the iconic role.
According to the actor, the 30-Seconds to Mars frontman introduced himself to the cast by sending them a dead pig and sent Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) a black rat in a box.
"The henchman came in with a dead pig and plopped it on the table and then he walked out. And that was our introduction to Jared Leto," she told Vanity Fair.
"Now I'm terrified just as a person thinking 'Is he crazy?' But the second part was, 'Oh shit, I've got to have my stuff together'. You talk about commitment. And then he sends Margot Robbie a black rat, that was still alive in a box. She screamed, and then she kept it."