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I'm still having a hard time getting over the 'Damaged' tattoo on his forehead. Basically, all we have to do is take one look at Leto's Joker, and we can surmise that he's loonier than Luna Lovegood smoking weed!

We have less than two months until we can see Harley and The Joker's bad romance on the big screen. So, expect a ton of new information to come out before it hits theaters. David Ayer recently sat down with Yahoo Movies, and had these words to say:

“The tattoos tell a very specific story, and eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious. There’s very specific stories and easter eggs in those tattoos.”

Speaking Of Tattoos

Now, I might be grasping at straws, and everything I'm writing could be total rubbish. Let me get this out of the way: If Barbra Gordon was the one to knock The Joker's teeth out, then his grill (dental caps) could be a reminder for Batman, about his upcoming revenge. Okay, that's a little far out there, but you never know. Or, maybe he just like grills (dental caps).

I know there were two little puncture wounds on Leto's torso, and I'll have to see the movie first to fully understand what those mean. Now, let's talk about how those tattoos could prove that Batman dropped him off a Batcave, just like in Death of the Family. It is a cinematic adaptation, thus they could change certain events and have it be the night he killed Jason Todd. Or, they could have keep it relatively the same. Or something entirely different.

Playing Cards

Dionesium is the stuff that makes Raz over 500 years old and at its purest, Vandal Savage an immortal. I recently read an article from What Culture, and it made me think twice about The Joker's tattoos -- especially after Ayer's comments. I disagreed with parts of the article and this theory I came up with after I finished the post! Enjoy!

Most of his tattoos are rather easy to explain, like, the dead robin. Remember the jester's hat on top of the skull? I believe, that's The Joker's way saying the old me is dead and gone. He's not in the mood to be Batman's fool anymore. Just like what he did in Batman - Endgame.

He also has multiple tattoos of playing cards. Y'see. playing cards oftentimes signify luck, and The Joker's mighty lucky surviving a cliff-dive, right? On his left shoulder, he has a deck of cards with the saying, 'All in'. He's basically saying, 'Hey, Batman, I'm done with this dance, and I'm going to kill you!'

On his back, there's literally a guy in a jester outfit, holding a hammer. If you're familiar with Death of the Family, then one must wonder what story goes along with this? Honestly, what else could that possibly mean?

On his arm, there's a bat insignia with a knife piercing its heart. This also makes sense, if it's a warning to Batman. Hey, you broke my heart, now I'm going to break your's. Or, he's taunting Batman about killing Jason Todd.

In the WC article, he claimed that the smiley face above Joker's pants-line -- was a homosexual reference in prison (In prison, they use eyes instead?). I'm not sure, but The Joker loves Batman, and I don't see it in a romantic type-of-way. I see it as The Joker thinks Batman is the only person in the world that actually gets him. I could be wrong.

Now, I could be totally wrong, and they're just tattoos of a mad man. I'm not sure. Let's just think for a moment that I'm right. This probably means that Leto's Joker is the big bad for Suicide Squad. With news of Affleck's standalone Batman being mostly made up of original material, then one must wonder will this deal with the Joker's Toxin?


This is just my interpretation of Joker's tattoos for Suicide Squad. I'm probably wrong, but it's curious to think about what story is The Joker trying to tell? If this version of The Joker freshly renewed, from the healing powers of Dionesium, then this could get very interesting! Or, I'm completely wrong. Either way, I can't wait to find out this August!

What do you think the Joker's tattoos mean?

Source: What Culture


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