Leto On Reinterpreting The Joker For “Squad”

With the only two wide releases this week being critically slammed, one a gutter-mouth parody of “The Purge” and the other an anti-atheist tirade, all eyes this week will be on Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and how much it makes in its second weekend.

Current estimates have it targeting a $58 million haul, the nineteenth-highest sophomore session of all-time and a decline of 65% – not too bad considering the big openings for “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” sequels have take drops of 70% before.

More curious is how the perception of David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” has changed this week following word of extensive reshoots being added in order to make the film “more fun”. Jared Leto spoke with EW this week about his turn as The Joker in the film and says the main thing for him was to reinterpret it and make it his own:

“You just knew you had to do something different. You had to make it your own. That happens all the time. 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. It a weighty thing to do. But it’s exciting.

The Joker is one of those roles. He was written brilliantly when he was first shared with the world 75 years ago, or something crazy like that. And I think I’m just really grateful I had the opportunity.”

We’ll see the end result when “Suicide Squad” arrives August 5th.