Plenty of reasons to be excited about Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad, co-starring Margot Robbie and Will Smith, which is released next month.
Apparently the actor stayed in character throughout the filming of the movie. Given that his character is a deranged, colourful psychopath, this resulted in some weird behaviour. Yes, he allegedly sent Margot Robbie a live rat in a black box. Of course he reportedly had a dead pig delivered to the cast. Naturally there have been stories that Jared Leto arranged for anal beads and used condoms to be posted to his colleagues. Will Smith told Beats 1: “I’ve only ever spoken to him with me as [my character] Deadshot and him as The Joker. I literally have not met him yet.”
So far, so exciting. Ah, but there’s more. In an interview with Yahoo, director David Ayer has claimed there’s reason to pay attention to The Joker’s striking tattoos.
“The tattoos tell a very specific story”, he said. “And eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious. There’s very specific stories and easter eggs in those tattoos. And even his teeth, there’s an entire story behind that which is absolutely canon. It’s putting his history on his body. This Joker is a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.”
Ayers also said that the character’s highly stylised look was inspired by “drug lords on Instagram”. Every picture tells a story, and there’s plenty to go on here.