(PCM) Writer and Director of Warner Bros. Pictures upcoming Suicide Squad, David Ayer, surprised fans on Friday night when he revealed the first full look at Jared Leto as the Joker on Twitter.
Ayer shared the official portrait with his 62k+ Twitter followers in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Joker’s first appearance in Batman #1 on April 25, 1940, saying, “The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics.”
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015
Less than a day later and the majority of fans have warmly welcomed Leto’s Joker, expressing their excitement for a fresh take on the D.C. supervillain that is clearly trying to distinguish itself from Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal.
Personally I think @JaredLeto will make a brilliant Joker! Really looking forward to seeing it
— Connor MacLeod (@HelloConnor) April 25, 2015
In a survey on Buzzfeed, 41% of those polled said they they’re “terrified – and loving it,” 20% claimed they “loved it,” 16% admitted to wanting to see more before making a judgement, 13% said “Eh,” and 10% claimed to be “terrifed – and uncomfortable.”
Other fans have not been so quick to jump on the bandwagon, saying that Ayer’s vision of the Joker resembles a rockstar with his numerous tattoos and grill. Some bemoan the “damaged” tattoo across the Joker’s forehead, calling it heavy-handed for the iconic comic book character.
The new Joker looks way too Hot Topic for my liking…
— Heavy Metal Yeti (@HeavyMetalYetii) April 25, 2015
I like the Damaged tattoo. Without it I might have thought the Joker was a perfect normal, well balanced person.
— bannerscarkly (@scannerbarkly) April 25, 2015
Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Jesse Eisenberg, and Cara Delevingne will all star in the action-adventure flick following DC Comics Universe’s anti-hero team of incarcerated supervillains. In exchange for shorter and more lenient prison sentences, the group take on dangerous undercover black ops missions, working as deniable assets for the U.S. government.
The official synopsis for Suicide Squad has yet to be released, but the film is still in pre-production, not scheduled to hit theaters until August 5, 2016.
Tom Hardy stars as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Will Smith is Deadshot, Cara Delevingne is Enchantress, Jared Leto stars as The Joker, Jai Courtney is Boomerang, and Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor.
Greg Silverman, President of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Creative Development and Worldwide Production, hinted at Ayers’ unique take on D.C.’s villains when he said at the official cast announcement back in early December, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property…We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”
Stay tuned for more info and updates!