in response to the haters..
the Jared Leto pose in the photo clearly harkens back to the comic art image of the Joker, by Brian Bolland, in the ‘The Killing Joke’ comic book series (see featured image). and, although funny, the pose is not a homage to the Home Alone movie poster.
why so many or any tattoos?
so why does the Joker look like gang banger?
in several depictions of the Joker, in the comics, the Joker has tattoos, and in a couple, he has full body tattoos. that’s not a Cheshire Cat grin tatt on the Joker’s arm, but his own, Smilex inspired, creepy grin. the “hahahaha’s” tattoos are from the ‘Killing Joke’ image by Brian Bolland. the Joker is insane. this new version of the Joker is after he has been locked away in a looney bin, Arkham Asylum, for many years. the Joker is so crazy that he turns his psychologist, Harley Quinnzel, crazy after she falls in love with him; yes, that’s Harely Quinn. the tattoos are a way for him to deal with crazy in a cell over many years, even the “damaged,” tear drop and death joker tattoos. i believe this new version is modernizing the Joker, with less suits and coattails and more urban gang style look. does it work? it’s different from we have seen before. different is good, i certainly don’t want to see another jack nicholson or heath ledger version of the Joker. part of what made the Joker great was depicting him with an often formal, clown-like happy appearance and then twisting it into an almost psychotic evil. we don’t get that in this new look, but it’s a Joker that has been in prison and then released, but controlled through A.R.G.U.S., so a different attitude than the Joker we are used to, one that welcomes death and no longer wants to control Gotham.
the Suicide Squad is a violent comic and the upcoming movie may be rated r to include all the violence; the movie premieres on august 5, 2016.