Late last night, Suicide Squad director David Ayers finally unveiled the first full look at Jared Leto as The Joker (in honor of the 75th anniversary of the classic DC universe character). It is a, uh, very on the nose look, to put it mildly. Or perhaps, very on the forehead.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015
As Rolling Stone pointed out, this latest cinematic version of The Joker will likely draw heavily from Alan Moore's take on the character from the 1980's:
The new Joker photo, as well as the blurry green-haired Leto photo where the actor aims his camera toward the viewer, are both inspired by frames taken from the classic graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke. Considering that Ayer has twice hinted at that Alan Moore-written origin story suggests that Leto's Joker will have more in common with the graphic novel's rendition of the supervillain than the versions previously portrayed on the big screen by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. In The Killing Joke, the Joker is introduced as a failed stand-up comic turned small-time hood who is chemically disfigured and driven insane all in "one bad day."
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. Based on Man Of Steel, DC universe mastermind Zack Snyder's track record, and everything that's been written about the plans for the upcoming films, the DC universe has been set up to be the grim, shockingly colorless, humor-averse yin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's spandex-clad yang.
Joker evolution... pic.twitter.com/9fISiRcM99
— Charlie Bird Parker (@Chandleyr) April 25, 2015
Despite loving many of the characters, we don't feel much excitement about where this is all headed, and personally feel it's hard to muster up much enthusiasm (or outrage) over the third incarnation of The Joker in just over two decades.
But that doesn't mean other people don't have strong opinions!
so the new joker definitely vapes right
— erika (@weevilbabe) April 25, 2015
Jared Leto's Joker was clearly designed by the same guy who wanted Spider-Man to be a Snapchatting EDM DJ at Tough Mudder
— Brian Hiatt (@hiattb) 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
Leto's Joker literally makes subtext text.
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) April 25, 2015
everyone’s mad that the new joker looks like a crazy guy. well, the joker from the comic books was a pretty crazy guy too
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) 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
Ledger's Joker look was awesome bc it looks like he slapped it on in an hour. This Joker look would take weeks and thousands of dollars
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) April 25, 2015
It should not look like it took the Joker a great deal of painstaking effort to make himself into the Joker, that makes him a poser
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) April 25, 2015
The new Joker's tattoos are more of a bummer than the one my grandmother has on her forearm.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) April 25, 2015
Thankfully, there were plenty of jokes that hit the spot.
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
I never knew The Joker was a member of Buckcherry. https://t.co/mcWaoYromg
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) April 25, 2015
That new Joker is only scary in the sense of imagining his record collection or his views.
— Ronan Fitzgerald (@rmkf) 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
Jared Leto Joker looks like a stock photo they'd use in a subway PSA for always using condoms. pic.twitter.com/feJK2Cfrmd
— Daniel Kibblesmith (@kibblesmith) April 25, 2015
having a faygo-chugging joker who smokes meth or something would, like, create an opportunity for further class nuance in the batm*explodes*
— Leigh Alexander (@leighalexander) April 25, 2015
"Did we know Leto's nipples were so tiny?" My only thoughts on the Suicide Squad Joker pic.
— Carrie Raisler (@TVandDinners) April 25, 2015
I'm not mad about the new Joker but only because he is a fictional character in a made-up story designed for children's enjoyment.
— Joe Randazzo (@Randazzoj) April 25, 2015
And plenty of photoshopping.
The Joker: Origins pic.twitter.com/nMUz2k2YiH
— Tom Butler (@TomButler) April 25, 2015
First the picture of the new Joker and now the new Bruce Wayne? Amazing: pic.twitter.com/xi997gBwsY
— Jason Anarchy (@DrinkingQuest) April 25, 2015
Internet responds appropriately to the first image of Joker: pic.twitter.com/nAgtp4hYTj
— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) April 25, 2015
so excited about the new joker!! pic.twitter.com/NLBd9N7qrv
— Rusty Foster (@rustyk5) April 25, 2015
Internet got jokes today on this Joker reveal pic.twitter.com/qZqBcxAThD
— Main Event TV (@MainEventTV_AKA) April 25, 2015
For what it's worth, it's not even the worst Joker re-imagining to come out yesterday.
Early look at Daily News back page. Mets & Harvey (The Dark Knight) take on Yanks & A-Rod (The Joker) in Gotham clash pic.twitter.com/GUroD6ZI5U
— Tom Biersdorfer (@TomBiersdorfer) April 24, 2015