In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Joker character, director David Ayer has revealed the first official image of Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad. Well, it looks like we are definitely getting a different version of the character compared to previous onscreen portrayals.
Check out the image below:
First of all, this image is paying a lot of tribute to the comics. The image itself is a tribute to that iconic Joker image from the graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. The tattoos are definitely inspired by Frank Miller’s version of the character. The Batman elements of the DC cinematic universe is really being inspired by Frank Miller’s work.
The fact that David Ayer and Jared Leto continue to pay tribute to Batman: The Killing Joke is chilling because that comic featured one of the most cruel, brutal, and dark adaptations of the Joker character. If Ayer and Leto are planning to have their film version of the character be similar, than moviegoing audiences are in for a haunting experience. Much like the Batman character in this shared universe, the Joker character is much more comic booky compared to previous film versions of the character. This may turn out to be a good thing. The other aspects of the image to take note of are the metal teeth. Perhaps Joker had them put in after taking continuous punches from Batman in the mouth over the years, damaging his real teeth. Also, the green hair and the purple glove are signature qualities of the character. It’s great to see them included in the image.
Overall, this image is successful at conveying a psychotic villain. Jared Leto’s version of the Joker seems to be much more outlandish and radical. It remains to be seen if that is a version of the character audiences are willing to accept. In the end, there is no doubt this image will get people excited to see the new version of the iconic Batman villain. With official pictures being revealed for Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, and now Joker, the new DC Cinematic Universe seems to be taking shape.
Suicide Squad is set to be released in North America on August 5, 2016.