I’ve made my peace with the Joker.

Unless you’re living completely off the grid — which I don’t think is really a thing — you have to have seen some mention of Suicide Squad in the news these past couple of weeks. Whether it’s just leaked photos from the set, pictures and videos of Jared Leto filming scenes as the Joker, or Batman’s stunt double riding around on top of the Jokermobile, it seems like the movie has been everywhere.

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie film scenes as the Joker and Harley Quinn on the set of Suicide Squad.

Throughout the whole thing, we’ve gotten pics of the Joker’s tricked out car, his neon green hair, his exposed chest, and yes, even his many, many tattoos. After several weeks of rumors that they had been photoshopped into the initial reveal as some sort of homage to the character’s 75th birthday, it turns out that they’re actually all too real. And you know what? I think I’m okay with it.

I grew up with Jack Nicholson’s Joker. And I was of an age that the thought of someone else eventually coming along to play the character never really occurred to me. Whenever I heard that Heath Ledger had been cast in the roll for The Dark Knight, I may have been a little suspicious, but I didn’t lose my crap like the internet — that typically reliable bastion of common sense and levelheadedness — did. And when the film finally came out, I — and the rest of the world, apparently — thought it was great. Whenever I heard that Jared Leto had been cast in the role for Suicide Squad, I thought both the casting and the decision to put the character into a movie where he wouldn’t directly be going up against Batman to be really good ideas.

I admit that I wasn’t a fan of the tattoos when I first saw them. And to be honest, I’m still not. For me, they’re a little too on the nose. However, I think I’ve made my peace with it. What I want from Suicide Squad is a Joker who justifies all of those tattoos and that big, flashy car. If he has to have that ridiculous “DAMAGED” tattooed across his forehead, show me a Joker that makes me understand why he’d do that. If they can do that, I’ll be happy.

I want over the top and crazy. And honestly, I think that’s what we’ll get. In the end, I trust David Ayer and an actor like Jared Leto to know what they’re doing.


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