ByMichaela Turcotte, writer at
Michaela Turcotte

Some of you may or may not have seen the above image, which is the first real look of Jared Leto as The Joker. We have seen glimpses of him getting his hair done, and sneaky set photos, but this is the first real, official, photo telling us, "This is how our Joker looks."

Here are my top 3 reasons that this Joker needs to be fixed — ASAP

1. The Tattoos

There are so many things wrong with the tattoos plastered all over his body that it's hard to know where to begin, but let's start with the tattoo on his forehead reading "damaged." The major problem with this is that it's something the Joker would never do. He is so strongly adamant in his belief that he is not in any way damaged, he's just doing things differently than everyone else. That's part of what makes him so unpredictable and terrifying. He will do anything, because he has no view of certain things being "wrong." He does not view himself as damaged, and even if he did, he would never let anybody know it, or give them that satisfaction — especially BATMAN — who will surely see it sprawled across his forehead. Now, while we're on the subject, what about his other tattoos? I can't decide if they're worse, or just equally as bad. The giant joker mouth, the maniacal laughs, the jester skull... they're just dreadful! You're just taking all of these things that we, as fans, have come to associate with the Joker, and sticking them onto his body. You're just displaying them there rather than using actual talent to build the character. It's the difference between someone's social media profile, and what they actually are underneath. Rather than showing us the insanity that is the joker, and letting us make the connections ourselves, you're just displaying things that we should think of him as. It's lazy storytelling, and a terrible way to treat such a massively sensitive character. Not to mention, can we just take a minute to imagine the joker sitting down in a tattoo artists' chair for these perfectly drawn and shaded pieces of art? I don't think so.

2. The Grill

Do I even need to tell you what's wrong with this? On its own, maybe I could begin to try and get on board with this, but paired with the tattoos, he looks like a street thug, rather than the twisted, beautifully written lunatic we've come to know and respect as a character. What exactly is the purpose of the grill? Tell me.

3. The Insanity

This image portrays the Joker in a complete outright insane manner. Pulling at his hair, screaming like a lunatic, with no joy whatsoever. He looks like someone who is trapped, knowing they're insane, and trying to escape, and that is not the Joker. The Joker is precise, calculated, and when he wins, hysterical. Joyful. He is in no way the plain non-functioning lunatic we're seeing in this photo.

All I see in this photo of the Joker, is the green hair.

So, what do you think? Am I being too hard on the creative minds behind the Suicide Squad film, or have they completely lost it?


What do you think?


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