If David Ayer’s Explanations For Joker’s Tattoo and Capped Teeth Were True, It Would Ruin DCEU Continuity

Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 7:24PM
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Thursday, 11 August 2016 - 7:24PM
If David Ayer’s Explanations For Joker’s Tattoo and Capped Teeth Were True, It Would Ruin DCEU Continuity
The entire point of cinematic universes is that they are supposed to remain consistent from film to film and character to character regardless of who's behind the camera or writing the script. However, if a recent statement made by David Ayer is actually true of the new DC films universe, then the DCEU's attempt to keep their continuity spotless and free of contradiction may have already occurred.

Recently, Ayer was prompted into making a statement regarding Robin's real killer when a reporter with terrible eyesight wrote an article about how Harley Quinn had been his killer, though the text in Suicide Squad clearly called her an accomplice to the murder of Robin, not the murderer himself. Just as a refresher, here's what he had to say regarding the death of the second Boy Wonder, Jason Todd:

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This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection. But Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum.

It's in the asylum where Joker would have done the 'damaged' tattoo as a message to Batman saying, 'You've damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you've destroyed my face.' That's where the grill comes from.
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It's more than worth noting that David Ayer says that "this is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection," because it means that this is not something that has been established as canon as of yet, and is solely the explanation that exists in Ayer's mind. So if anyone would say that this article is claiming that Ayer has ruined continuity, they would be totally wrong. What this article is claiming is that if Ayer's explanation turns out to be canon, then it will undoubtedly cause a contradiction in the DCEU, ruining its continuity.

How so? The answer is actually kind of obvious. Harley Quinn was said to be an "accomplice to the murder of Robin" in the film itself. However, Joker already had his capped teeth and "Damaged" tattoo before Dr. Harleen Quinnzel ever became Harley Quinn. Remember those scenes between the two back in the asylum?

Of course, it's not like DC isn't going to catch this and ruin the continuity of their movie universe. It's just that Ayer's explanation doesn't really work, and can't work for a prefect continuity to exist.

In some ways, this is really disappointing, as Ayer's explanation was actually totally brilliant. Batman knocking out most of Joker's teeth and damaging his precious, precious smile only after the Clown Prince had killed his adopted son and sidekick would give the Dark Knight and Joker's relationship so much more emotional gravity. However, as has been explained, Batman knocking out Joker's teeth was something that would have had to have happened long before the death of Robin if the DCEU's continuity is to remain intact.

Suicide Squad is out in theaters now.
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