If nothing else, you have to admire Jared Leto's bravery. The late Heath Ledger's now legendary portrayal of the Joker was never gonna be an easy act to follow, but I don't think anyone quite expected the extent of the polemic and highly volatile reaction the internet had to our first glimpse of the new Clown Prince of Crime.
However, with new information uncovered, some have been wondering: Was the whole unveiling actually one big joke cleverly orchestrated by Warner Bros.?! It would make sense, him being the Joker 'n all, right...?
As you'll remember, director David Ayer released our first ever look at Leto's divisive appearance in celebration of the character's 75th anniversary, posting the following image.
The Controversial First Look
Suffice to say, the Marilyn Manson-esque ensemble wasn't quite what anyone expected, prompting uproar from legions of rather disappointed fans. Ex-Joker, Mr. Jack Nicholson himself, even had an emotional reaction to the image:
However, don't start crying just yet because this may not be the super-villain's final confirmed look. Suspicions started to arise when photos began leaking from the set of Suicide Squad, showing Leto considerably less inked up. Check it out:
To further complicate matters, Batman V Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted a puzzling message teasing the Batman for his supposed foolishness and suggesting we might well have been duped...
'#cryptic' indeed. What's even more intriguing is that while doing a Q&A with fans, esteemed Batman artist Greg Capullo related his response to the inked up image and dropped a massive bombshell in the process:
Whaaa- An elaborate troll?!
Unfortunately, Capullo didn’t say anything else on the subject, leaving the internet scratching its collective head. Were we all the butt of some big joke, or is Warner just rapidly back-peddling on their poorly received Joker design?
What do you think?