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Suicide Squad's still a while away, but there's plenty to think about before the film's release. One of the biggest talking points continues to be Jared Leto's portrayal of the Joker, which has been met with praise and criticism alike. Jared Leto has only been adding fuel to the fire himself: a true method actor, Leto has been feeding the hype by sending his fellow cast members creepy gifts, and posting homages to the comics on his Instagram.

Theories are rampant about the nature of Jared Leto's Joker, and fans are desperate to find out which version of the iconic villain Leto is portraying, as well as which comic book arcs will be explored in Suicide Squad. So let's break down exactly what we know so far, and which theories are most the most likely!

No Make Up For Jared

Well, obviously the Joker will be wearing a bit of make up, but not as much as you'd expect. Unlike Heath Ledger's messy clown make up, Jare Leto's Joker apparently sports the bleached skin and chemically altered hair and lips of the original comics Joker. What could cause this horrific transformation? What else, but a vat of acid, of course!

The classic origin
The classic origin

The Joker has had a few origin stories over the years, as DC has more canons and continuities than Batman has gadgets. But the first of the first features Batman pushing the robber Red Hood into a vat of acid. The pain of this experience drives the criminal insane, and he emerges as the Joker. Plenty of subsequent stories have cast doubt on this origin tale, but it is featured in two comic arcs that have been linked to Suicide Squad and [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) - Death In The Family, and most crucially, The Killing Joke.

Killing Joke Hints From Leto

The Killing Joke was a very popular Joker one-shot comic published in 1988. It featured a reworking of Joker's origins that would inform his current characterisation, told as the Joker tortures Commissioner Gordon. This comic is also a turning point for Batgirl Barbara Gordon: Joker shoots and disables her, leading to her later rise as the heroic tech sauvent Oracle. In this comic, the Joker's recognisable appearance was indeed caused by a vat of acid. So what does this have to do with Suicide Squad? Well, a whole lot, if Jared Leto's Instagram hints are anything to go by...

Just an Easter egg?
Just an Easter egg?

Is this a legitimate hint or just a nod to the comics from Jared Leto? Well, we'll have to wait and see to find out. But as the Joker's appearance in the Suicide Squad trailer aligns with his classic image (bleached skin and chemically dyed lips and hair, rather than clown make up) it looks like we might have a vat-of-acid origin story for Jared Leto's Joker. But what does that mean for the most popular theories?

Jason Todd As Joker

Wait, backtrack, what's the deal with this theory? Just in case you missed this, the internet exploded a while back over the idea that Robin was murdered by the Joker... only to become the Joker! This deviates a little from the comic canon - Jason Todd is killed by the Joker but ends up as another version of Red Hood after his resurrection. The theory was prompted by a fan pointing out supposed injuries on Jared Leto's Joker torso that seemed to match puncture points in Robin's suit from the Batman vs Superman trailer.


This theory has been argued over for weeks now, and as many have pointed out there aren't other wounds that match up with the suit's damage. So the theory is a fun idea but may not hold much sway, especially if we consider the vat of acid origin that Jared Leto's Joker supposedly has - if his skin was bleached by the acid, how could he be Jason Todd? And there's one more thing that debunks this theory...

Joker v Batman Flashback!

In the trailer, we see Harley Quinn on a joyride in a hot pink car, with Batman clinging onto the roof (for dear life, probably). Many fans posited the possibility that the Joker was the one driving, and recent set photos have proved just that!

Hot wheels
Hot wheels

We don't know yet whether this is a flashback or if it takes place within the chronology of the plot, but it's likely this is a blast from the past. Harley's backstory is definitely going to be shown (we've seen snippets in the trailer), and this is probably a glimpse of her crime spree with Joker before she ended up in jail. Could this be after Joker kills Robin? And will it prove that Jason Todd ISN'T the Joker? Probably. Maybe.

All we have are snippets of information so far, but they do seem to paint a larger picture. So what do you think of Jared Leto's Joker? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!


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