It seems like a lot of people are hoping that one day soon, 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto will portray a superhero or a villain in a big budget film, or at least that’s what it’s beginning to sound like.
Last year, there was talk that he would be taking on the much sought after role of Dr. Strange, but that was squashed recently.
Now, talks have begun that the singer and :”part-time” actor will be taking on the role of the Joker in DC Comic’s upcoming Suicide Squad film due to be released in 2016. The film, which has been described as “a dirty dozen with supervillains” will be directed by David Ayer and is set to begin filming in Toronto in February.
But while Leto seems likely, with The Hollywood Reporter writing that “Jai Courtney, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie [and Jared Leto] are in the final stages of talks for the role.”
But Leto recently told the publication that he’s been “sworn to keep my mouth shut,” which probably jump-started the rumors.
When MTV asked Leto the same question during and interview, he told them, “You know there’s a film called Fight Club, my friends, and you know what the first rule is, don’t you?”
As for the premise of the Suicide Squad movie, it’s something along the lines of “convicted supervillains are given a chance to redeem themselves through dangerous missions.”
Though it may seem a little weird on DC’s side to pick a group of supervillains going on dangerous missions to redeem themselves as the premise of one of their many upcoming films, it’s actually a very smart plan.
During episode 39 of The CW’s Arrow, the Suicide Squad became the central story with everything revolving around them and Oliver Queen’s bodyguard/second in command/ friend, John Diggle. Though we had previously been introduced to Deadshot, Bronze Tiger and Amanda Waller in other episodes (individually) we saw them all have to team up and then again during the season two finale.
Most recently, in the television series, we find Queen handing over his insane, number one fangirl, Cupid, over to the Suicide Squad as well.