Here’s How Jared Leto Almost Looked As The Joker In ‘Suicide Squad’

Jared Leto’s performance as The Joker was seen as one of the few bright sparks of the critically mauled Suicide Squad. The problem for most people was that Jared Leto just wasn’t in the blockbuster enough.

But now brand new images from the pre-production of Suicide Squad have revealed that it took quite a bit of evolution to get Jared Leto’s look as The Joker just right, and he looked very, very different during the early stages of development.

Jared Leto in Suicide Squad

Tina Charad, who works as a movie graphic designer and illustrator, a position she held in the early days for Suicide Squad, has now shared a variety of images that show Jared Leto in a very early costume test as the character. But what do they show? Well, rather than having the word “Damaged” tattooed across his forehead, like he does in the final release of Suicide Squad, Jared Leto actually has tattoos instead of eyebrows.

As well as a different set of tattoos Jared Leto also tried on a variety of costumes, which included a pair of incredibly dangerous shoes, while an image of Suicide Squad’s concept art from the pre-production also gave us a look at where the character originally evolved from.

But Tina Charad didn’t just share concept art on how the character of The Joker evolved. She also released images of the development of Harley Quinn, which included the different make-up that was tested on Margot Robbie, and actresses that resembled the Australian, too.

If you want to have a more in-depth look at Tina Charad’s work on Suicide Squad, which also includes a thorough breakdown of the tattoos that were etched across Margot Robbie’s body and the rings that were nearly used for The Joker, you can do so by heading over to her official website.

There was also a closer look at the tattoos that were designed for Jared Leto, which saw the word “ha” tattooed all the way across his stomach, chest, and collarbone, as well as some slightly crude and bizarre images that were etched on his body, too.

Tina Charad’s website also includes more intimate looks at the “mystical tattoos” for Suicide Squad’s villain The Enchantress, as well as the original artwork and designs for Captain Boomerang and Croc Killer’s jackets. Speaking of the initial idea for Croc Killer, Tina Charad wrote that it would be part “man, part beast in the guise of a gnarly biker.”

Tina Charad’s work in the movie business has also included designing various t-shirts and hoodies for the film Jason Bourne, as well as illustrations for Marvel on Thor 2, and designing work for both Edge Of Tomorrow and Robin Hood.

Jared Leto as The Joker

Despite Tina Charad’s exemplary work Suicide Squad was eventually met with rather underwhelming reviews, as it ultimately received just 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, with reviewers criticising its muddled structure and plot, poorly written characters, and erratic direction, even though they did praise both its talented cast and the fact that it possesses a bit more humor than the previous installments to the DC Extended Universe. Suicide Squad, which cost $175 million to make, still went on to gross over $745 million across the world, which means that it was the eighth highest-grossing film of 2016.

Suicide Squad was preceded in the DCEU by 2013’s Man Of Steel, and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which was released earlier this summer, too. It will be followed by Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017, The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, Shazam and Justice League 2 in 2019, and Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in 2020.

[Featured Image by Warner Bros.]