Jared Leto’s Joker has been given a very signature look in Suicide Squad. Not everyone is happy with how it turned out. However, it can’t be said they’re retreading familiar territory. Everything about the look is different from past film adaptations. The most notable of all is the “damaged” forehead tattoo.
The look has been questioned by many, but now we have some answers. Suicide Squad director David Ayer has told EW the meaning behind the Clown Prince of Crime’s appearance. Here’s what Ayer said about the forehead tattoo:
“Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum. It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.”
There’s quite a lot to take in there, including the Joker/Robin part. You’d have to imagine that event took place some time ago, as smashing out teeth seems tame for Batman after watching Batman v Superman. Given some of his deadly take downs in BvS, you’d expect more when it comes to avenging the death of his sidekick.
Interestingly enough, Ayer did confirm this story arc isn’t quite set in stone. He added, “this is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection.”
Sadly, there seems to be less connective tissue between these DCEU films than we’d like. Should that be thrown away, it would further separate Ayer’s film from the rest. This is an interesting backstory, one which makes a Batman and Joker showdown even more interesting. Would you like to see Ayer’s explanation on screen in a flashback in Ben Affleck’s Batman impending movie?
Suicide Squad is in theaters now.
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