Jared Leto describes his Joker as "a beautiful disaster"

Jared Leto has been talking about his role as the Joker in upcoming DC movie Suicide Squad, describing his version of the character as "a beautiful disaster".

Leto explained to Billboard that appeal of the project lay in the way comic-book movies have developed over recent years, with the Joker a particularly complex character within that landscape.

“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.”

While he's got some pretty hefty boots to fill after Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight, we're genuinely intrigued to see what Leto can do with the role. Of all Suicide Squad's flashy casting, it's Leto's Clown Prince of Crime who looks the most eye-catching…

Directed by David Ayer and co-starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Joel Kinnaman, Suicide Squad will open in the UK and US on 5 August 2016.

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