SUICIDE SQUAD: David Ayer And Jared Leto Explain The 'Joker's' Tattoos

SUICIDE SQUAD: David Ayer And Jared Leto Explain The 'Joker's' Tattoos

SUICIDE SQUAD: David Ayer And Jared Leto Explain The 'Joker's' Tattoos

Suicide Squad director David Ayer and Jared Leto (the Joker) talk about their take on the Clown Prince of Crime, paying homage to the history of the character, and the reasons behind the tattoos.

Ben Affleck has been praised by both critics and fans for his portrayal of the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now it's Jared Leto's turn to show the world what kind of Joker this new and darker Batman has to deal with. The reveal of the Joker's new look for David Ayer's Suicide Squad shocked fans, as no one was expecting the Clown Prince of Crime to be covered in ink, but with every new Batman comes a new Joker. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director David Ayer revealed the reasons behind the Joker's new look.

“The Joker has a lot of different looks, sort of built from the looks throughout the history of DC Comics but with a new sort of flair and flavor on him so he does feel like a modern-day gangster, because… he’s always been a gangster,” said Ayer. The Joker has always been a character that would evolve just as much as Batman would with his suits, and it looks like Ayer wants to the Joker to live up to his name as the Clown Prince of Crime.

When asked how involved he was in creating the Joker's look, Jared Leto added: "David had some very specific ideas. As far as the look of the Joker, it was a collaborative process. There were things I brought to the table and things David brought to the table and it was a mashup of both of our sick and twisted minds. There were specific things that he liked and wanted and I was there to help bring them to life in the best way I could." 

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5, 2016.
It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Suicide Squad stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, with Raymond Olubawale as King Shark, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo, and Adam Beach as Slipknot. Directed by David Ayer.

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