Heath Ledger raised the bar with his portrayal as the crown prince of crime. The actors unfortunate death also further cemented that version of the character unto popular culture. No matter who plays the Joker, that person will always be compared to Ledger. Unless, perhaps, the actor playing him has a look and style so far removed from Ledger’s, that audiences can’t possibly make any correlation between the two – you know, kind of like how Ledger made people forget about Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Enter Jared Leto. A brilliant actor and musician. Someone with the physicality and presence to give even the most critical of fans moment to pause.
Any recess in curiosity may have very well ended the day Suicide Squad director David Ayer finally unveiled the first full look at Leto’s Joker. Could be a sign of a new and interesting take on Joker, but it’s not quite like any version anyone has ever seen before. If Warner Bros. mission was to shake things up and deliver something so wildly different, well, they succeeded. Thankfully, the Internet was incredibly open-minded to the new design.
Below is a collection of reactionary Tweets and images. All of which show what a hilarious funny and cruel, and sometimes forgiving place the Internet can be.
It was a scary night when we pulled Macauley Culkin out of the pool of cocaine he was swimming in pic.twitter.com/ChZ2r4Awva
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) April 25, 2015
so the new joker definitely vapes right — erika (@weevilbabe) April 25, 2015
Gonna be the contrarian here and say that it’s ballsy that Leto took on the Joker after a seminal performance by ledger and I respect that. — Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) April 25, 2015
Gonna be the contrarian here and say that it’s ballsy that Leto took on the Joker after a seminal performance by ledger and I respect that.
— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) April 25, 2015
You guys took all the witty/obvious jokes about Leto’s Joker, so I’ll say this: The image makes me uncomfortable and it’s deeply unsettling. — Vikram Murthi (@fauxbeatpoet) April 25, 2015
Very strong opinions.
This country deserves the Jared Leto Joker as punishment for its crimes — The Neon Dipshit (@Bro_Pair) April 25, 2015
Making the new Joker look like a tubercular juggalo who sucks cock for meth behind a juvenile detention center is a bold choice Hollywood! — rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 25, 2015
I guess the Joker went insane after being kicked out of Blink-182. — Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) April 25, 2015
JOKER: I’d like the word “Damaged” just below my hairline. TATTOO ARTIST: Any particular font in mind? JOKER: Show me some samples, please. — Avery Edison (@aedison) April 25, 2015
We’re all on a rock hurtling through space. Sometimes men become women. Sometimes we don’t like how Joker looks. We’re all doing our best. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 25, 2015
Are we 100% sure that is a sketch of Jared Leto’s Joker and not a PSA warning against overly obvious tattoos? — Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) April 25, 2015
And plenty of photoshopping.
It’s all laughs and games until it isn’t. We’ll leave you with this…
Suicide Squad, which is a Dirty Dozen-esque film about a motley crew of incarcerated villains and anti-heroes recruited by the government for a suicide mission, will be the third movie in the rebooted DC cinematic universe (helmed by Warner Bros.), following 2013’s Man Of Steel and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.