The internet just blew up and everyone is freaking out- I’ve seen the statement (or one similar to it) “You’ve got to be joking” about 15 times in the last hour.  

You’ve heard about it by now, right?  Well… if you haven’t, I’ll tell ya- they released Jared Leto’s Joker for the upcoming Suicide Squad in 2016 and it’s got everyone all fit to be tied in a straight jacket and crazy enough to be admitted to their own quiet corner in Arkham.

But really, folks… c’mon.  What’s the issue here, exactly?

Now, I’m not defending or damning it at this point because I’ll be honest, I don’t know a THING about Suicide Squad.  But when I review the artwork of the book then compare it to the concept photo released today… it really doesn’t seem that far off.

So folks, clue in a mama who hasn’t had time to check this series out.  Is it really that bad?  Or are you all just freaking out because it’s not YOUR version of Joker?  Because… this is not MY joker, either… but it doesn’t mean it’s bad or wrong or stupid or whatever else all the crazy fanboys and girls wanna jump to the interwebs and yell about, so I have to assume there’s more to it than just what’s on the surface, because it really doesn’t make sense.

Let’s review- Here’s the Joker from a Suicide Squad cover:

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and…

 

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And then is Jared Leto’s Joker:

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Now, I’m not expert here, but it seems pretty spot on to me.  Pale skin, overly-exaggerated, red mouth with giant, prominent teeth, dark and insane eyes lined in black and red…

Am I missing something?  I mean, I’m not personally a fan of that grill or the tattoos, (mainly because I am pretty sure they sold bumper stickers that looked like every single one of these at Hot Topic 15 years ago and that combined with the grill just make him look kind of ghetto) but that doesn’t mean it’s off target with the concept.  It just means they maybe took it a step further or slightly different… which THEY ALWAYS DO and it’s not a big deal and we usually like it eventually and in spite of ourselves anyway (*ahem* how many of you flipped out when you found out a young Australian pretty boy blondie was being cast not so long ago??), so seriously guys… I’m confused.  Is all this ruckus JUST because it’s new and a little different?  If we are only comparing Jokers in film sure- it’s a lot different, but compared to the books, it isn’t.

Suicide Squad fans, please fill me in here and give me your thoughts… what exactly is the giant difference between this face…

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And THIS face…?

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  • AJ

    I feel your anguish here. But, to answer your last question, the photos you are referring to have the Jokers face after he had it cut off and he stapled it back on. So there is that difference lol.

    Personally, every time I look at the pic I am met with mixed feelings. I keep coming back to Heath Ledger. EVERYONE doubted his portrayal and look and EVERYONE shut up as soon as they saw the movie. Did I get excited the moment I saw the picture, yes. Because I was reminded that once again we will be seeing Joker on the big screen. And then I remind myself that he will be in the movie for maybe 10mins. Mostly in a cell and in video footage. So this pic is literally getting more screen time and online time than Jared Leto will get in the movie.

    Either way, I am holding my opinion until I see the movie. If there is one thing I have had to learn over the past decade or so of comic book movies is that it’s not so much the look, it’s the acting.

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