Presenting... Jared Leto's Joker. Probably not what you were expecting, huh? Here's the full image of the Suicide Squad's take on the Joker, tweeted earlier today by David Ayer, its director.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015
Though it only shows part of the overall costume, there's already a ton to analyse here. The forehead tattoo. The grills. The expression. Cynically, it feels like someone who is out of touch tried to come up with something edgy, and this is the result.
But, that's just my take on it. What's the internet saying about the new design? Overall, most people are poking fun at the design. People seem to think the design looks silly. And maybe there was nothing Ayer could have revealed that wouldn't have been met with scepticism; Heath Ledger is a tough act to follow. Still, if nothing else, there's always the possibility that the acting will make everyone change their minds. It's too early to make judgement!
For now, though, there are jokes:
oh wow I can tell this version of the Joker is a real bad dude because his origin story involves falling into a vat of hot topic
— Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) April 25, 2015
When you forget about an auto-renew subscription pic.twitter.com/ALIk65Rhv1
— Ludwig Kietzmann (@LudwigK) April 25, 2015
I need to see the suit. This is a take that could work. Trying to do Ledger's Joker wasn't going to work.
— M.H. Williams (@AutomaticZen) April 25, 2015
Also Jared Leto's Joker shaves his armpits???
— Michael McWhertor (@MikeMcWhertor) April 25, 2015
Wait so Jared Leto is playing Ninja from Die Antwoord playing Joker?
— Spencer Hayes (@SPNKr) April 25, 2015
Everyone at Marvel just high-fived, happy to find they no longer have the worst comic book movie press this week! #JuggaloJoker
— Brian Collins (@BrianWCollins) April 25, 2015
Jared Leto as the Joker pic.twitter.com/vIGXhuJJrB
— Chulsssss (@ameerulaffiq) April 25, 2015
alright definitely drinking to forget jaret leto's new joker reveal tonight.
— Hector Gonzalez (@hekturr) April 25, 2015
As long as the Joker behaves like a fucking lunatic, all will be forgiven.
— Michael O'Brien (@MikeObrienFilm) April 25, 2015
The new Joker look is pretty awful. What the hell were they thinking?
— Jeff (@ecksonik) April 25, 2015
To be fair to the Joker design, this guy would definitely freak me the hell out.
— Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) April 25, 2015
"So Jared, what's your vision for the new Joker?" "Well first off obviously he's 'Down to Clown...'"
— Twiττer's Good Boy (@twitersgoodboy) April 25, 2015
That Jared Leto Joker is certainly out there. But he's a fantastic actor so I'll wait to judge until there is actually something to judge.
— Bobby Shortle (@bobbyshortle) April 25, 2015
Wow the joker and his gang look ready to take over gotham. pic.twitter.com/tDPsCtrujU
— DORITO BANDITO (@Reaprar) April 25, 2015
Jared Letos Joker looks absolutely bonkers.
— Matt Chiplin (@mchiplin) April 25, 2015
Somebody sic the actual Joker on whoever did that character design for Suicide Squad. That is TERRIBLE. WOW.
— Josh Campbell (@soupcan58) April 25, 2015
really impressed by how Leto looks as the Joker pic.twitter.com/VAvpfYm0KD
— ape has hugged ape (@AaronM) April 25, 2015
If that’s what the Joker looks like, just imagine the Juggalette Harley Quinn we’re getting.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) April 25, 2015
I have often said there's no wrong way to portray the Joker, as long as you do the basics. Now, I'm not sure. pic.twitter.com/2p5V6ojxwb
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) April 25, 2015
I love the idea of The Joker taking time to carefully tattoo "Ha" all over his body. The Joker, carefully applying bactene and moisturizer.
— Anthony Carboni (@acarboni) April 25, 2015
Ok so those ka-razzzy HAHAHA's are supposed to be tattoos right? So does that mean just the tip of the Joker's left nipple is tattooed?
— #1 Yharnam Mayor Mug (@bombsfall) April 25, 2015
Joker with tattoos? Is he an insane and twisted murderous clown or an angsty teenager defying his parents?
— Charlie (@Mays136) April 25, 2015
This is a Joker for the leather-trenchcoat-wearing, Crow-loving, wallet-on-a-chain types who have always been the Joker's biggest fans.
— Chris McFeely (@chrismcfeely) April 25, 2015
Joker looks insane and awesome.
— Yo Adrian! (@MLAATRDude) April 25, 2015
The new joker looks disturbing
— Brandon miles (@brandonmiles67) April 25, 2015
love this new joker design pic.twitter.com/8NHIHPgucg
— andi (@captaintrash) April 25, 2015
Originally published on Kotaku Australia