Over and over again, Jared Leto and his fellow actors have been telling us how “scary” his Suicide Squad version of the Joker is going to be, and it’s making me feel like I do when I watch those movie trailers made up of nothing but onscreen reviewer quotes saying how great the film is. You know the deal*:
“Leonardo DiCaprio is stunningly aware; breathtaking in his role as a brilliant, blind streetwalker who relies only on the generosity — and sexual needs — of strangers! THR”
“You simply MUST see this film. You have never, ever seen a film unless you have seen this very film. See it. This Film! Variety”
“Die, then die again. You will be unable to live one more day after seeing Copious Amounts of Bullshit. Jack Nicholson at his best. Indiewire”
“I saw it, and then I had to see it again. There was no way I could go on with my ordinary life one more minute. Kate Winslet LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN HER BEFORE. *insert photo of TK, empty bottle of whisky in his hand, staring at a blank screen* Pajiba”
You get the drift, eh? (If something truly is great, you can see it yourself; you don’t need a bunch of people to tell you it’s great.) Well, remember that first photo of Jared Leto as the Joker? I don’t know why Ayer and company seem to feel like in order to be successful, they have to overcome a dead man’s memory (can’t Ledger’s Joker just stand on its own?), but it seems like they want to throw the kitchen sink at this thing. So first we got this, leaving us just as confused as Leto looked. Months later, we now welcome, uh…
I don’t even know what to call this:
Clearly, not being a consumer of these particular comics has left me at a major disadvantage, and I will need you readers to educate me on the great and fearsome Joker who now stands before us, a True Blood leftover attempting to glam us frightened, and possibly concealing a Rainbow Brite figurine in his left coat pocket (hopefully, alongside a couple of Band-Aids in case he accidentally stabs his toe). Lest we forget, this Empire cover reminds the Joker is a “psycho” and a “killer.” (*exhausted sigh*)
You guys, I hope we can all still sleep tonight. Here are an alternative scary shot of the straight-jacketed Joker facing off Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
*Not real quotes from listed sources.
(Empire photos via CBR)
Suicide Squad will supposedly terrify us all next August.