Suicide Squad director David Ayer in an interview with Total Film, spoke on fan favorite The Joker in the film, who’s played by Jared Leto. Ayer goes on to say that he was very respectful and loyal to the canon of the character, but added a modern twist to him.
Ayer also goes on to talks on Leto taking on the character of The Joker.
“You’re looking at one of the best-known villains in western literature. He has to be very respectful and elegantly crafted, because you’re following in the footsteps of giants. He’s very loyal to the canon, but with some modern twist,” he explained in the latest issue of Total Film. “With Jared, it’s interesting because how do you come at that character? It’s like treading on hallowed ground. It requires a strange combination of both respect and fearlessness. I don’t want to reveal too much about the magic trick.”
Ayer also goes on to talk on how it’s different when it comes to making villains likable:
“With a good guy, you automatically like them because they do the right thing,” he added, addressing the challenges of creating a film starring villains. “But with bad guys it’s more of a creative challenge — how do you get an audience to like a villain?”