Skip to main content

Wait Until You Get A Load Of Jared Leto as 'Suicide Squad's Joker

On the 75th anniversary of Batman's most famous nemesis, The Joker, Suicide Squad director David Ayer shared a photo of Jared Leto as the Clown Prince of Crime. It's the first look of Leto in make-up in what will presumably be his interpretation of the legendary comic book psychopath. 

With green hair, lightened skin, metal crowned teeth, a single purple glove and covered in tattoos, Leto's Joker will be the first of its kind in live action. A hard act to follow after Heath Ledger's captivating turn as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight,' Ayer's adaptation promises to place him as a Hannibal Lecter-type, if internet reports are to be believed. 
In the film, a team of imprisoned super-villains are enlisted by a government agency to take on dangerous covert missions in exchange for lighter sentences if they survive. The star-studded cast includes Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, and Viola Davis is Amanda Waller.

Also starring are CommonAdewale Akinnuoye-AgbajeJim ParrackJay HernandezKaren FukuharaAdam BeachScott Eastwood, and Ike Barinholtz.

Reaction to the image online has been mixed with most offering mocking tweets. A point of contention has been all those self-aware tattoos. The numerous ha-ha-ha's on his chest and arm, the skull with the jester hat, the playing cards and most of the all the word "damaged" across the top of his forehead have rubbed some people, comic book industry professionals among them, the wrong way. 

It could just have been for the anniversary anyway, but there's already a couple of think-pieces by bloggers about their distaste for the punk rock look. In 75 years the Joker has taken on different appearances. Sometimes tall and rail thin, other times muscular and intimidating, with the iconic green hair and bleach-white skin. Artists like Jim Lee, Tony Daniel, Frazer Irving, Frank Miller, Greg Capullo and others have put their own spin on the Joker. They're as diverse as Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger are as actors who've donned the purple coat and cackled that crazy laugh. So Jared Leto's turn ushers in one more performance from another award-winning actor to leave his mark on the unique role of one of the world's most infamous fictional villains. 

So for now, let's give Leto and Ayer a chance this early in the production and let Leto's performance speak for itself. They may even put a smile on your face. 

Suicide Squad is currently shooting in Toronto with an expected release date of August 5, 2016.


Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: 'Bonehead' #2 by Bryan Edward Hill, Rhoald Marcellius, and Sakti Yuwono

Bryan Hill pumps the brakes a little in the follow up to the fast-paced debut of 'Bonehead' with more great world building. The mystery surrounding Bonehead 56 deepens but we at least get some backstory and details about what his arrival means for a pair of brothers with opposing viewpoints.

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Rhoald Marcellius, Sakti Yuwono Letterer: Jaka Ady Graphics: Comolo Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score:★★★★☆ (4/5)
After a thrilling video game-like first issue, issue two gives way to the brothers Kray. Aleph is a tech scientist examining the unconscious "56" and marveling at his abilities. He reminds him when his brother Hideki roamed the city as the vigilante Blackdeath. Hideki is a Gladiator (cop) now and he questions Aleph's methods with 56 and its legalities. Nonetheless, they need 56 to be free on the streets for now so they can monitor him. The brothers c…


Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…

REVIEW: 'Infidel' #1 by Pornsak Pichetshote, Aaron Campbell, and Jose Villarrubia

'Infidel' #1 by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell arrives at a time when the horrors of everyday life for marginalized people is scary enough but add misogyny and xenophobia from demons and well, that's just multi-dimensional haterade. This contemporary horror story feels timely and brimming with scary thrills.

Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote Artist: Aaron Campbell, Jose Villarrubia Letterer: Jeff Powell Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 14, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★1/2 (4.5/5)
Aisha is an American Muslim woman who just moved into a haunted apartment building with her boyfriend, his child, and his mother. It's the perfect horror movie set-up that includes a tragic incident that led to the killing of several people, the haunting aftermath of the explosion, a boyfriend's xenophobic possibly racist mother, and terrifying nightmares. Pichetshote has cooked up a potent cauldron consisting of the right horror tropes mixed with equally horr…

ADVANCE PREVIEW: MIGHTY CRUSADERS #3 by Ian Flynn, Kelsey Shannon, Ryan Jampole, and Matt Herms

“Ambush”—The Mighty Crusaders are on the attack against the vicious Eliminators! It’s an all-out brawl with the odds in the Crusaders’ favor, until they’re faced with a new, dark entity: The Dream Demon!

Script: Ian Flynn Art:  Kelsey Shannon, Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli  Cover: Kelsey Shannon with Matt Herms Variant Covers: Tom Feister, Phil Jimenez with Kelly Fitzpatrick On Sale Date: 2/14 32-page, full color comic $3.99 U.S.
Artwork by Kelsey Shannon and Matt Herms

ADVANCE PREVIEW: Veronica Goes Vampire in New Horror Series 'Vampironica'

NEW ONGOING SERIES! When Veronica is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her bloodlust?

Script: Greg and Meg Smallwood Art: Greg Smallwood, Jack Morelli  Cover: Greg Smallwood Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok, Djibril Morrissette-Phan, Marguerite Sauvage On Sale Date: 3/14 32-page, full-color comic $3.99 U.S.
Artwork by Greg Smallwood