Joker's Suicide Squad Tattoos Are Actually Easter Eggs With Specific Stories

Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 7:16AM
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Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 7:16AM
Joker's Suicide Squad Tattoos Are Actually Easter Eggs With Specific Stories
When you're adapting a character as iconic as The Joker, to say you're playing with fire is something of an understatement. After the brilliance of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson, Jared Leto's 'method' approach hasn't exactly been met with universal praise. Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so we'll have to wait until August before we fully gauge the success of this latest adaptation, but one thing we do know is that Leto's Joker will be unlike any before him both in appearance and execution.

Speaking of his appearance, Leto's tattooed guise was mocked by many who described him as looking like an angsty Hot Topic model, or worse, a Juggalo. Director David Ayer wasn't safe from the criticism, but in a new interview he has suggested that Joker's tattoos aren't just random decoration and actually contain specific stories and easter eggs.

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"The tattoos tell a very specific story", Ayer told Yahoo!, "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. And even his teeth, there's an entire story behind that which is absolutely canon. It's putting his history on his body. This Joker is a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.

A lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history and footprint in our world, and not have this sacrosanct being outside of our continuum, our reality. If a guy like him really existed today, where would he come from? How would he do business? Who would he know? What would he look like? In my mind, I took a lot of inspiration from drug lords on Instagram. It's a great way to understand the lifestyle of a villain".
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Interestingly, there have been a number of fan theories about Joker's tattoos, with some pointing going as far as to suggest that they point to him being a deranged Jason Todd. After Ayer's comments, it looks like we might have to suck it up and start studying those tattoos in a bit more detail, and you can bet that many more fan theories are on their way.


Suicide Squad is released on August 4th 2016
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