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Suicide Squad's Movie Joker Shows Off His Full Look

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Monday, October 26, 2015

The first full-length glimpse of Jared Leto as The Joker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie has come out. Now we can finally get a complete look at the Joker's new look in his first post-Dark Knight screen role, and it takes the clown prince of crime into a new direction.

Ever since the first teases of Jared Leto as The Joker emerged in the movie's first trailer and images, specuation and controvery have followed. There have been critical complains directed against Ayer's choice to have his screen Joker sporting tattoos across his arms, chest and even forehead. There was even some question about the "grill" metal covering over the Joker's teeth that Leto was wearing. Coming off of Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning turn as The Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight, many were wondering if the new Joker in Suicide Squad was taking the concept of a "hot topic" Joker too far.

Now we can make a better judgment on what sort of comedic terror Mr. Joker will be in the Squad movie.

Jared Leto as The Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad movie.

This is the way The Joker will appear in Suicide Squad when the movie comes out on August 5, 2016. Gone is the tattoo that first showed up on the Joker in the early marketing for the film, perhaps a victim of the online griping that came afterward. As noted by the logo on the photo, this is a cover for the next issue of Empire magazine.

What can be seen is that Leto's Joker is wearing pants taken from his turn inside Arkham Asylum, and that he's sporting a cane. Comic book fans and viewers of the animated Batman TV series from the 1990s remember that the Joker often favorited a flashier appearance than the two on-screen iterations we've seen to date. While the menace is certainly oozing from the devilish stare and manic smile worn on Jared Leto's face, this full-length look suggests that Suicide Squad the Joker will be a flashier, even more pop culture influenced version of the classic character than we've ever seen before.

While some creative differences are apparent between the characters in Suicide Squad and their comic book counterparts, for the most part the reveal of the team's anti-heroes (and downright super-criminals) have been fairly faithful. For example, Killer Croc (played by Lost's Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) retains the scaled reptile look of his DC Comics version. The same holds true for Margo Robbie's Harley Quinn, Will Smith's Deadshot and the other criminals-turned-reluctant-heroes (apart from their grungy costume updates.)

Suicide Squad will be the second DC Comics movie to be released next year after Batman v. Superman, which opens March 25, 2016.

-Empire.

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