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Why you need to be very afraid of Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad

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We don't know about you guys but we're still reeling from the punk-infused style of the cool new Suicide Squad trailer. And just before you catch your breath, director David Ayer has been dropping more nuggets about Jared Leto's revolutionary take on arch-baddie The Joker.

"The hairs stand up on the back of your neck," Ayer raves about Leto in an interview with USA Today. "If you’re a Batman fan, you have to love/hate the Joker because he’s the best nemesis ever. Just to have him on one of my film sets, it was a very memorable thing for me."

Ayer adds that this classic character brings a "continuity of history" with him, and of course he's not wrong. From the campy, Caesar Romero incarnation of the original Adam West TV series and movies, through Jack Nicholson's grandiose, pantomime turn and Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning force of nature, the Joker has been continually reinvented over the decades. Ayer says this posed an intimidating challenge when it came to re-interpeting him yet again.

"It’s a scary character to tackle," Ayer explains. "This iteration of him, people will realize there really is a continuity of history — there is a lot of respect for what the Joker represents, who he is as a character. He is the best known villain in fiction so there’s an incredible responsibility there to also be faithful to what he is but at the same time push him into this next world, next time, next phase."

And on the subject of Leto as the Joker, the director promises that the actor will turn the role inside out. "I love helping actors find what methodology works best for them," Ayer says. "It’s like tailoring a suit — it’s not one size fits all. But it really made an event when he would show up on set. There was almost a pageantry to him, which did translate into the character and the power on screen he has."

Right, we seriously need to watch Leto tear up the screen right now. Sadly, life isn't fair – we all have to wait until 5th August before Suicide Squad is released. In the meantime, take another look at the awesome trailer. You know you want to.