The first official picture of Oscar Winner Jared Leto as Batman's arch nemesis; The Joker has landed online. The character will first be seen in 2016's "Suicide Squad" which also stars Will Smith (I Am Legend), Margot Robbie (The Wolf Of Wall Street), Jai Courtney (Insurgent), Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night) and will be directed by David Ayer (Fury).
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the first look at our new Joker, some worried that they might try and replicate the same character that we last saw in "The Dark Knight" played by the late and great Heath Ledger. This picture pretty much confirms we will be getting a drastically different take on the Clown Prince of Crime.
Personally I am a big fan of Jared Leto and always thought that he is perfect for the part, he's been in small roles in films like "Fight Club" and "Panic Room" and then showed the world that he means business in 2013's "Dallas Buyers Club" for which he won his Academy Award. His performance as a transexual Aids sufferer in that film proved that he's willing to physically transform in order to play a part and that's exactly what he's done here.
First off fans will recognize that Leto is imitating the iconic pose from "The Killing Joke".
Of course the costume is drastically different but this paired along with the previous image we saw of Leto posing in an iconic way again may hint that we'll be getting an iteration of the Joker true to that comic book.
In "The Killing Joke" a lot of background is given to the supervillain, he was a failed comedian who agrees to help a gang of criminals, his efforts are prevented by Batman and he is left horribly disfigured, after this he is driven insane and transforms into the Joker. The comic book also features Joker escape from Arkham Asylum, which is a scene that I wouldn't be surprised makes its way into "Suicide Squad".
The design of the character is also reminiscent of Jim Lee's Joker with all the tattoos.
Personally I love the new design for the Joker, he looks completely insane, which is exactly how he should be. I love the addition of tattoo's and the very pale skin instead of just having white makeup, this is certainly a Joker that will stand out from the rest.
Of course the costume is going to make this Joker good or bad, its going to be the writing and the performance, and as for the latter, I have complete faith in Leto.
What do you guys think of the new design for the Joker? Were you hoping for a more classic look or love the new insane version we have here? Let me know in the comments!
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