The Joker is the greatest villain in Batman’s slice of the DC Universe. He’s also been portrayed by some serious heavyweights over time. Jack Nicholson & Heath Ledger played iconic Jokers for the film adaptations of Batman and The Dark Knight, Mark Hamill for a generation of young Batman fans became the voice of The Joker with his work on Batman: The Animated Series and subsequent video games. Now it’s Jared Leto’s turn to step into the purple and green. His initial look, presented yesterday by Suicide Squad director David Ayer obviously pissed off some people. It also won people like me over from jump.


What Leto’s Joker setting out to do is obviously distance himself as far as possible from Ledger & Nicholson’s representations of the character. Beyond the tattoos, the pale skin, green hair and grill, we’re obviously talking about a new age representation for the most insane man on the planet. Not to mention, Leto’s making his Suicide Squad character play up even harder to “The Killing Joke” Joker even more just by the pose.

Like it? Love it? Sound off about it. Either way with Common now jumping into Suicide Squad, the David Ayer directed film should be a nice little addition to the DC cinematic universe. At least on paper.

Art by Will Pharaoh