With each incarnation, there's been a decidedly different look, design and take on Batman's archnemesis. Just a few days ago, "Suicide Squad" director David Akers revealed the first look at Jared Leto's Joker.
Leto and Akers have been teasing the online/social media world with how his Clown Prince of Crime will look.
First, Leto cut his Jesus-length locks and then dyed his very short hair a shocking shade of white blonde. And then green.
Shortly after that, Leto paid homage to artist Brian Bolland's iconic BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE cover by posing while taking a picture with a camera. (Akers posted the photo on the right April 8.)
So, for me, the Big Reveal wasn't that shocking.
|This is how The Joker looks in the "Batman: R.I.P." storyline.|
So is Jared Leto's take in the "Suicide Squad" that much
of a stretch? (Art by Tony Daniel)
And for those of you are bothered/shocked/stunned, etc. about Leto's Joker having tattoos, don't worry about. It's highly unlikely The Joker will be shirtless for much of "Suicide Squad." So fear not: It's not as if moviegoers will see many of those tattoos anyway!
Leto has his mouth open in the promo photo, which subtely underscores The Joker being, well, bats**t crazy. The tattoos and Leto's open-mouth expression has inspired a few memes and doctored photos being posted on Facebook. (I've posted them here.)
In fact, I'd say The Joker's short hair is much more of a shocker. But if you read the entirety of the BATMAN: R.I.P. story, you'll remember he had a similar look there, thanks to artist Tony Daniel.
My biggest "concern" is how Leto and Team Akers will handle The Joker. But it's actually not a concern, really. Leto is an acclaimed and talented actor, so I have no doubt he has done his homework, he will bring his A-game and all that will culminate in a great and memorable performance.
Enjoy — and use the comment section to share your thoughts.