Since Cesar Romero introduced the first live action version of the Joker in 1966 for Batman: The Movie, he began the necessity for all actors who were to portray the Joker to use an iconic Joker laugh. The famous laugh began with Romero, and it was eventually altered by Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman. The laugh was later modified by Mark Hamill in different adaptations of the animated Joker, as well as Heath Ledger’s legendary performance in The Dark Knight which featured its own iconic laugh. The next actor to take the challenge of creating a unique Joker laugh will be Jared Leto, who will make his first appearance as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
While appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Leto went into detail in regards to the process he went through in creating a new and unique yet recognizable laugh for the Joker. Leto went on to say:
“I worked on the laugh like walking around the streets of New York and Toronto. I kinda walked around the streets and see what laugh would kind of get under peoples’ skin. If you hear someone laugh loud at a restaurant it’s a little jarring. I tried them out and got to a place where I would laugh and people would turn around like, ‘Who is this creepy guy behind me?'”
Jared Leto will introduce the latest live action portrayal of the Joker and his celebrated laugh to the world in Suicide Squad, which is set to premiere in theaters on August 5th.