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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.

— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) April 25, 2015

Very strong opinions.

 

 

And plenty of photoshopping.

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It’s all laughs and games until it isn’t. We’ll leave you with this…

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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.

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