‘Suicide Squad’: Joker’s Tattoo Inspirations & Storytelling

Jared Leto as The Joker

Whenever a character based off a comic book gets an adaptation unlike anything we’ve seen, its as David Ayer says, “contentious”. In this case, it was his decision to present a Joker covered in tattoos, to show us a character who’s not only truly insane, but proud of the horrific things he’s done. The director of the upcoming Suicide Squad recently talked about his decision to give audiences a much different take on an iconic villain.

“The tattoos tell a very specific story. 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. It’s putting his history on his body.”

Ayer seemingly knows what he was stepping into, especially when re-introducing a popular comic book villain less than a decade after Heath Ledger gave his memorable take. Taking a look at the photo above, its pretty clear if you’re a comic book fan what certain tattoos represent. The words Ha Ha Ha reference The Killing Joke story-line from the comics. Some fan also pointed out, shortly after the image debuted, of a Robin-like tattoo on his right bicep. This could mean one of several things, including the confirmed backstory that Jason Todd a.k.a Robin died by the hands of the Joker prior to Batman v Superman.

Comic book references was only a secondary intention for Ayer, after wanting to portrayal a Joker that would exist in today’s world. Ayer’s inspirations for this new Joker look came from the real world bad guys, as he explains in his quote below.

“If a guy like him really existed today, where would he come from?” Ayer said. “How would he do business? Who would he know? What would he look like? I took a lot of inspiration from drug lords on Instagram. It’s a great way to understand the lifestyle of a villain.”

The Joker is one of the most anticipated characters in the upcoming Suicide Squad. However, expect him to only play a side role in the main plot. from what we’ve seen in the trailers, we’ll get some kind of backstory between his relationship with Harley Quinn (played by Margot Robbie), along with an awesome action sequence with the Batman that’ll only tease what’s in store later down the road for the DC extended universe.

sources: Yahoo Movies U.K.

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  1. Wow, I didn’t know there are drug lords on Instagram XD. Good post!

    As for Batman’s presence in the Suicide Squad movie, I feel like it’s not going to be as epic as many would think. People would be disappointed, just like how Batman vs. Superman had so much hype. I hope the movie turns out alright, since they did make reshoots for it.

    By the way, you made a very small mistake:

    “Ayer seemingly knows what he was stepping into, especially when re-introducing an popular comic book villain less than a decade after Heath Ledger gave his…”

    It’s supposed to be ‘a popular comic book’, not “an”.

    All in all, good post!

    • Thanks for pointing out the error. I’m sometimes in a rush to get these things out. As for drug lords on Instagram, it doesn’t surprise me. I’m also expecting Batman to have a minor role. Likely tie into a few main character backstories. Either way, it’ll be the first time in cinema history we get Batman in two movies in one year!

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