Jared Leto hasn't been shy about posting Suicide Squad updates to his various social media accounts, so his latest Instagram post is sure to be just one entry in a long line of teasing. He's pretty much changed my entire morning routine: force myself out of bed one limb at a time, search for toothpaste with groggy eyes, and furiously check my news feeds and dashboards for a Joker update.
The last time this was effective was when David Ayer shared that divisive image of Leto's heavily tatted Joker.
That one image created quite the response: some loved the overall deranged appearance, others wanted a total overhaul, but many enjoyed pieces of the teased look. No matter where you stand, you can see all the nods to Joker's classic elements that at least show intentionality (the purple glove, the distinctive smile tattoo, etc.).
Leto's latest post to Instagram feels like another departure, but without a complete put-together look, it's hard to know exactly how this will work onscreen. With all this in mind, let's take a look at the Joker's newly swollen physique.
Here he is...
It's safe to say that this is a different Joker than we're used to seeing, certainly a step away from other film versions. While the villain has often been physically imposing, the amount of times he's really appeared this big and brawny are few and far between. Nicholson was paunchy, Ledger was average, and the Joker's most famous comic book iterations verge on lanky.
Some purists or diehard movie fans may hold this against me, but my prototypical Joker will always be Mark Hamill in Batman: The Animated Series. Obviously changes need to be made to move from an animated medium to a live-action one, but I can't help but return to this BTAS featurette on Mr. J as a point of reference.
They bring up a lot of amazing points, but the one that strikes me the most is how the Joker is the antithesis of Batman, which is why he makes the perfect arch-nemesis. Batman is grim; Joker is jolly. Batman is righteous; Joker is chaotic. Batman is in peak physical shape; Joker is not...until now.
I'm all for a change—and I think it's necessary to set this new slate of movies apart—but I'm ready to see the full look in motion. Of course, Suicide Squad isn't coming out until August 5, 2016, so we may have a long stream of teasing before that happens.