Last week, David Ayer’s tweet showing off Jared Leto’s take on The Joker for the upcoming Suicide Squad movie (and likely a few other upcoming WB/DC movies) wound up setting the internet, and more than a few fanboys’ dreams, on fire. The stark contrast from the Jokers audiences have seen on screen previously was met with more backlash than the initial announcement that Ben Affleck would be donning Batman’s iconic cowl, which is saying quite a bit. Fans of the character, including those who only became fans of the character after Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal in The Dark Knight, were quick to criticize the image as straying too far from the source material. Well, Leto has shared a new photo and it isn’t any closer to the source material than the last. Haters, get ready to hate.
This latest photo comes directly from Leto’s Instagram account:
Yep, that’s right – the new Joker is ripped as hell. While readers have seen several incarnations of the Clown Prince over the past 75 years, both on screen and off, one of the constant features of the criminal is his thinner physique. Joker has never been a muscle man, instead relying on weapons, booby-traps, bombs, and henchmen to do his more damaging work. Rumors continue to swirl that Batman v. Superman will feature the on screen death of Jason Todd’s Robin (yes, you eagle eyed viewers, that was likely Todd’s costume in the trailer). It’s possible that Todd’s death will be altered in BvS to show Joker beating him to death with his bare hands, rather than beating him bloody with a crowbar then finishing the job with a time bomb. Of course, it may all be smoke and mirrors and we could wind up with 2 hours of the Suicide Squad dancing to John Williams’ theme music to the original Superman. At this point, it’s really anyone’s guess.
Fans of The Joker joined together in public outcry after Leto’s Joker was revealed to have tattoos and a couple of grills. As is the case with pretty much any announcement for any fanboy/fangirl favorite property, the shock to the system was too severe to even give the new image a chance. On the upside, it did inspire some pretty awesome memes:
Want some more? Here you go! And Jack Nicholson’s reaction is also pretty wonderful:
In the end, only a few have had the patience to actually wait to see the final product on screen before making a judgment call. As we have learned, the tattoos were likely part of the 75th Anniversary image but not necessarily in Suicide Squad. Further to that, there are plenty of theories out there that suggest that the grills and tattoos, if they do appear in the final product, are more of a gag; a way of making fun of or taunting the other “guests” of Arkham Asylum. Either way, the safe bet is to put aside any preconceived notions you have about The Joker and wait to see some footage before making your final decision. But, it’s the internet, so…
Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayers and starring Scott Eastwood, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne, Viola Davis, and Leto (plus a slew of others) hits theaters August 5, 2016.
Are you still planning on seeing Suicide Squad? How do you feel about Joker’s new muscles?