Monday, April 27, 2015

Tattoo you: My thoughts on Jared Leto's Joker

Academy Award winner Jared Leto is the fourth actor to portray The Joker onscreen. (Fifth if you count the very brief cameo in the 2002-2003 "Birds of Prey" TV series. Roger Stoneburner was the actor while Mark Hamill provided The Joker's voice.)

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)
Granted, it's suprising to see The Joker with multiple tattoos on his upper body, but now that "tats" are fairly commonplace and much more socially acceptable than ever before, is it that big of a deal? And would it be that shocking?

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.

The new look for "Mister J" doesn't faze me.

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.

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.) 

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