Here is Jared Leto as The Joker, gracing the front cover of Empire:
And of course, the images featured inside the magazine:
*When HQ photos are released this gallery will be updated*
“I was just thinking that the Joker would probably just say, ‘F**k you,’ and hang up,” Jared Leto responded when Empire Magazine caught up with the actor to talk about his role as The Joker in Suicide Squad for the very first time. The actor is of course very familiar with what goes on in the head of the Clown Prince of Crime, especially as he never broke character during the shoot, something which led to him tormenting his fellow cast members in unique ways. For Jim Parrack (who plays The Joker’s henchman, Jonny Frost) that included random calls throughout the day, with orders to spray paint roses black and filling a backpack with nine inch nails.
Revealing that he listened to 1920s gospel music and read literature on shamans while playing The Joker, Leto offered some interesting insight into this take on the villain when he said, “I always get the sense that The Joker may be much older than people think. It’s something different. If you don’t break rules, you’re not going to strike new ground. I think I’ll be cooling down for the rest of my life.” Suicide Squad producer Charles Roven also chimed in by revealing that the villain’s dress sense has been inspired by Mexican cartels, while he’s now, “More social…a very successful and smart businessman besides being a sociopath.” Director David Ayer meanwhile had this to say about how Leto’s take on the villain will differ to what’s come before on the big screen. “The Joker is the third rail of comic book movies. There’s a power to that character, and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other millions of things that went into it, we’ve cooked up something transcendent. He’s scary.” (via comicbookmovie)
In the magazine there is a description of the team meeting, for what it sounds like, the first time. It involves Deadshot, Rick Flag, Harley Quinn, Katana, and Killer Croc along with some Navy SEALs on a Chinook helicopter. Flag introduces the group to Katana as his personal bodyguard, explaining, “She’s got my back. I’d advise not getting killed by her – her sword traps the souls of its victims.” And what does Harley reply?
“Harley Quinn, nice to meetcha. Love your perfume. What is that: Stench of Death?”
Also in that same scene, Killer Croc apparently throws up and then proceeds to shovel it back into his system while the group watches. The SEALs are noticeably uncomfortable, mainly because Director Ayer never mentioned this would occur.
TWO cover versions of Empire featuring Joker and Enchantress:
Glimpsed on Instagram, teaser in the trailer and much discussed online, Suicide Squad’s Joker has remained tantalising unknowable – up to now. The new issue of Empire pokes through the bars of Arkham Asylum and lays bare the nuts and bolts of Jared Leto’s wild-eyed reimagining of DC’s supervillain. Nuts, of course, being the operative word for this character. (Empire magazine)
Director David Ayer pays fulsome tribute to his star in the piece. “There’s a power to that character,” he elaborates in Empire, “and by some freaking miracle, through the incredible things Jared has done and the photography and all the other things that went into it, we’ve cooked up something transcendent.” So how dark does this Joker get? “He’s scary.”
Surprisingly, perhaps, producer Charles Roven pitches this new Joker as “more social” than those that have gone before. Besides being a sociopath, Roven explains that this Joker is “a very successful and smart businessman”, hinting at another hitherto unseen side of the man. Maybe a man who, beneath the psychic wounds, has something to offer Lex Luthor in due course?
Of all the characters in Suicide Squad, the one most shrouded in mystery is Enchantress. We know she’s played by Cara Delevingne. We know she’s immensely powerful. But we’ve not had a proper look at her in all her unearthly glory — until now. One of the covers for the new issue of Empire features the grungy but alluring entity known in some vintage comic-book issues as “The Switcheroo Witcheroo”. And inside is an exclusive interview with Delevingne, who spoke to us on-set while clad in her elaborate costume. (Empire magazine)
“June is an adventure seeker who’s always wanted some excitement. And she gets what she wished for, but in a terrible way. At the start of the movie she discovers a cavern and finds…something…within.” (Cara Delevingne on June Moone) “She’s an ancient sorceress. A feral being. She’s been trapped for so long and now she’s finally let out.” (on June becoming Enchantress)
And another TWO cover versions featuring Deadshot and Harley Quinn:
If you thought the Watchmen were messed up, get a load of Suicide Squad. Leading off Empire’s rogues gallery of new covers was Jared Leto’s wild card, not a member of the squad but still the beating heartlessness at the core of David Ayer’s comic-book adaptation, and Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress. Now comes Margot Robbie’s post-transformation Harley Quinn, the third newsstand star to adorn the new Suicide Squad issue. (Empire magazine)
A mischief-making case-study in how not to conduct therapy sessions, not only will she not improve the Joker’s mental equilibrium, her own psychological health will be sent spinning along the way. Along with her work attire. “When I got the role I started looking up Harley costumes online, with my mum sitting next to me,” Robbie tells Empire. “She was like, ‘My daughter is going to dress like a prostitute!’ There are a lot of angry mothers out there!”
Deadshot is the new American Sniper. Kinda. Will Smith’s troubled assassin is a marksman whose deadly aim is put into the service of Suicide Squad in David Ayer’s new comic-book movie, but a jutting-jawed patriot this guy emphatically isn’t. Here, on Empire’s fourth and final newsstand cover, is the man himself in full combat regalia and boasting enough ammo to fill even John Woo’s bullet drawer. (Empire magazine)
“On Bad Boys I trained in Miami with special-ops guys, but this is a whole other level,” laughs Smith of the training process. He hints at a complex dynamic with Quinn and the Joker along the way. “Deadpool’s actually eyeballing [Harley] a little bit. There’s a pretty ragged romantic triangle there.” Mistah J is not going to be pleased.
Deadshot, AKA Floyd Lawton, is Suicide Squad‘s walking arsenal. He brings the firepower to a crew that also includes Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Slipknot (Adam Beach), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney). Playing the Lee Marvin role to this dirty half-dozen-and-a-bit – albeit a rank above – is Colonel Rick Flag. “Deadshot gives him the most problems,” rues the man trying to give the orders, Joel Kinnaman.
And what does director David Ayer have to say of his comic book film in comparison to all of the others?
You know, all these movies are about defeating the evil alien robot from fucking Planet X, before it destroys the world with its ticking clock. And who the fuck cares? But you do this story about struggle and isolation, and people who have been shit on that suddenly get thrown this lifeline… that’s not so bad… I like to think of this as the Comic Book Movie 2.0. (Empire magazine)