Comic book fans worldwide are highly anticipating Jared Leto's brand new portrayal of The Joker in David Ayer's upcoming Suicide Squad - but it's not just the make-up that we want to see. Just as important is the voice that he winds up using for his portrayal - and thanks to a recent 30 Seconds to Mars concert we may now have a taste of what to expect.
The Vine above was taken from a user who was recently present at one of the stops on the aforementioned band's LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS tour. While we obviously can't say one way or another at this point if this is a preview of his take on the Joker, it's also not hard to believe that his performance will ultimately feature a voice not too dissimilar to the one heard in this short video. The concept of the Clown Prince of Crime letting his voice get both excited and gruff while awaiting things to get crazy doesn't really require a stretch of the imagination.
Whatever Leto winds up sounding like as Joker in Suicide Squad, all it really needs to do is be distinctive and deliver a different kind of energy and sound from what we've heard in the past. After all, it can easily be argued that the last two most iconic Joker performances really earned their place in pop culture lexicon because of their voices. The more obvious is Mark Hamill's take from Batman: The Animated Series and the first two Batman: Arkham games:
And the second is Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, who carried certain scenes - like the one below - with just his psychotic rhythm and tone:
In recent weeks, as Suicide Squad has started gearing up for production, Jared Leto has been slowly transforming himself for his part in the new comic book movie. Earlier this month he cut the long locks of hair that he has been growing for months, and as you can see in the Vine up top, he has since bleached his hair and started combing it back. This is presumably in preparation for eventually dyeing it green.
Suicide Squad will start shooting in the coming weeks, and is expected to be in production for the next few months. Once it's wrapped, it will start the post-production process that will lead to its release on August 5, 2016.