Jared Leto was clicked in the complete costume of The Joker. Though he did sport the controversial tattoos that haven’t exactly been welcomed with open arms by fans, he seemed to lack the suave lunacy that his immediate predecessor had so accurately portrayed.
Choosing a star to portray the The Joker, once performed brilliantly by the late Heath Ledger, was no easy task. Hence, when director David Ayer shared the first photo of the DC villain covered in a bizarre array of tattoos last month, the internet dove into frenzy, and people were torn.
For one, here was a star that was as methodical as Heath Ledger and had turned down more roles than he would care to mention. If there was a dedicated actor out there who would play The Joker with utmost psychotic conviction, it was undoubtedly Jared, whose past performances leave nothing to doubt about his commitment to the character.
However, the tattoos were a little too much to bear, reported many fans of the iconic villain who has more layers than even his arch nemesis, The Batman. But inscribing these conflicting emotions on the otherwise neatly dressed Joker didn’t seem like a good choice. Though people consoled themselves that perhaps the tattoos were merely for promotion, as Hollywood is infamous for, it wasn’t a case, when Jared Leto stepped onto the set replete with a suit.
Jared Leto as The Joker performed a scene with Margot Robbie who plays Harley Quinn, the equally psychotic on/off girlfriend that the Joker has a love-hate relationship with. He sported not just the tattoos, but even chose to accessorize his look with a gold watch and quite a few rings.
The Joker, portrayed this time by Jared Leto sports a sharp, but slightly dressed-down look. While Heath Ledger always wore a suite with his shirt buttoned-up, Jared seems to prefer the bare-a-little-chest look with half of his shirt unbuttoned. Additionally, what’s equally puzzling is the lack of the color purple, which all his predecessors wore religiously.
Apart from the bling, the new Joker seems to have a penchant for flashy cars, instead of the old one, who had simpler tastes. The license plate, too, sports as flashy “HAHAHA.”
The Joker and Quinn are part of Suicide Squad that is essentially an asset, which the government maintains strict deniability about. These convicted felons with a taste for mayhem have been roped in to go on extremely dangerous missions in return for reduced prison sentences.
[Image Credit | Pacific Coast News]