Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, Cesar Romero and even Cameron Monaghan, in some short degree with his portrayal of Jerome on Gotham, have all left an indelible mark on the legacy of Batman's most iconic villain The Joker. So it's no wonder that Jared Leto, who will next portray the Clown Prince on the big screen in Suicide Squad, sees the role as a 'big challenge'. That's almost an understatement, and he has a legion of fans watching his every move.

Speaking with Billboard, the actor finally opens up about taking on the monumental character as DC and Warner Bros. dive deep into their cinematic universe. Let's just hope he's not taking it too seriously. When describing The Joker, Jared Leto views the villain as a carefully constructed piece of art. He explains:

"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."

It sounds like Jared Leto, who fully gave himself over to the role of Rayon, a trans-gender woman with HIV, is going method once again for Suicide Squad. In Dallas Buyers Club, which won the actor an Oscar, Leto waxed his entire body, shaved off his eyebrows, and lost over 30 pounds. Now, he is gaining weight to take on The Joker. He says:

"Do you mind if I eat a little? I'm trying to gain a lot of weight. It means I have to eat every couple of hours - and I'm terrible at eating a lot."

Does it sound like Jared Leto is on the right path to creating another iconic version of the Joker? Or do some of you still think he's been miscast in a movie filled with big names? Also joining him in Suicide Squad is Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. The DC comics adventure will be in theaters next year!

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