The release of Jared Leto in costume as the new Joker has coincided with an anniversary. The day the photo was posted online reflected the 75th anniversary of The Joker’s debut in comics. Director David Ayer noted as such in a tweet.
Not very many characters are as iconic as The Joker and this is why there is such a huge, passionate debate over the look of Leto as the villain. Not surprisingly, a segment of fans are very critical of the tattooed and capped tooth version of the Clown Prince of Crime.
Not all opinions are negative. Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG and other fans alike think the new style to the old villain modernizes him.
One photo, honestly, doesn’t tell us a whole lot about the way Leto is going to play The Joker. Sure, we now know how the character looks and, based on the look, we have an idea about the portrayal. Ideas and speculation is all fans have to go on at this point. Only by watching Leto play the villain on screen are we really going to gain a true understanding of this new interpretation.
Leto is also not going to make a one-time shot as The Joker. The actor has signed on to play the villain in several D.C. Comics movies. The whole idea behind Suicide Squad is to set up strong villains for the next movies in the DCU. Leto definitely makes you look forward to them. That’s for sure.