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It’s been 24 hours since David Ayer unleashed his vision for The Joker. Jared Leto’s heavily tattooed, Marilyn Manson inspired take on the character has left hardcore fans perplexed. The reaction online has been a healthy mix of love, hate, and downright disdain. However, some of the cooler heads have prevailed giving us some interesting insights on this new version of the classic character celebrating his 75th Birthday this week. Let’s take a moment, take a deep breath, and try to find some perspective on this polarizing first image.
“This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
- Anghus Houvouras
The third time's a charm for Suicide Squad director David Ayer. Late Friday afternoon he released his third Jared Leto Joker image from the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe film, and unlike the first two, this one wasn't a tease at all.
Ayer's design for the Joker is a striking image of a modern deranged man riddled with tattoos, rings, silver teeth and the character's signature green hair. Unlike the anarchist Heath Ledger Joker from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight before him and the gangster Jack Nicholson Joker from Tim Burton's Batman, Leto's makeup depicts a man who is a full blown psychopath from head to toe.
There are rumors that the reason the Joker is imprisoned and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad is that he killed Robin, former sidekick of Ben Affleck's Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is no firm evidence »
Since Tim Burton’s brooding, black-as-oil Batman hit theaters in 1989, the cinematic world of Bob Kane’s iconic detective has drawn invariably from the comics of Frank Miller. Miller’s 1986 The Dark Knight Returns, a four-part story about Batman’s return from retirement and self-imposed exile, seeped into the crevices of every subsequent comic book movie, from Sam Raimi’s Darkman to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy; but it most notably acted as a template for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which practically owes alimony to Miller. The brooding, hulking, neo-fascist Batman favored by Burton and Nolan stems from Miller’s Reagan-era creation, which erased memories of Adam West’s campy Caped Crusader from the minds of an entire generation.Now Miller will return to pen a new Batman comic, according to The Verge. The comic, called The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (hopefully an ironic title), is »
- Greg Cwik
Ayer's design for the Joker is a striking image of a modern deranged man riddled with tattoos, rings, silver teeth and green hair. Unlike the anarchist Heath Ledger Joker from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight before him and the gangster Jack Nicholson Joker from Tim Burton's Batman, Leto's makeup depicts a man who is a full blown psychopath from head to toe.
There are rumors that the reason the Joker is imprisoned and becomes a member of the Suicide Squad is that he killed Robin, former sidekick of Ben Affleck's Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There is no firm evidence to support this claim so for now take it with a grain of salt. »
Last night, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the character, director David Ayer revealed our first official full-size look at Jared Leto as The Joker in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Suicide Squad. With Heath Ledger’s iconic performance from The Dark Knight looming large, we figured we’d be in for something entirely different with Leto's take—and we were right. In keeping with this new Zack Snyder-created tone for the Warner Bros. DC Universe that was set in Man of Steel and will be solidified in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Leto’s Joker is like Nolan’s gritty Batman on steroids. The darkness of Nolan’s trilogy remains, but there’s an added twinge of revelry in the comic book source material as opposed to simply translating everything to “real life.” [caption id="attachment_449637" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via David Ayer[/caption] Reactions to the reveal of Leto’s Joker were unsurprisingly »
- Adam Chitwood
Well....that's different. But time should tell everyone that first reactions to a character's costume have little to no bearing on the performance. For example, many people derided Bryan Singer and co. for Evan Peter's Quicksilver costume in X-Men: Days of Future Past and the character stole every scene he was in. If we go back even further, the public outcry was far greater for Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger's take on the Joker in The Dark Knight. So lets not rush to judgement too quickly. When it's all said and done the character may look completely different on screen. Prison Joker may be shirtless and tattoed but escapee Joker may be wearing the iconic purple suit, which would cover up nearly all of that iconography. Here are the top reactions to the first look at Suicide Squad's Jared Leto as the Joker. That's a Joker who demands acolytes. »
Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2015.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, James Spader, Thomas Kretschmann, Cobie Smulders, Claudia Kim, Andy Serkis, Don Cheadle, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Hayley Atwell and Linda Cardellini.
When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.
I looked back at my review of The Avengers from 2012 and the opening paragraph struck me as one which I’d never consider writing now;
“Firstly, I love films based on comic book characters and I enjoy many summer blockbusters, so I cannot complain that I wasn’t part of The Avengers’ target audience. Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Batman, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, X-2, X-Men: First Class, »
- Gary Collinson
Suicide Squad director David Ayer took to Twitter on Friday evening to offer up the first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming DC Comics Multiverse feature, as the Oscar winner is sporting several tats including the word "Damaged" across his forehead. I'm not necessarily familiar with the variety of Jokers found in the comic books, but this definitely has the appearance of being far afield Heath Ledger's version in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and even appears to be far more zany than Jack Nicholson's portrayal in Tim Burton's Batman (1989). In fact, they appear to be going a whole new route, almost the permanently psychologically damaged version if I'm reading this look correctly... am Ic That said, while I've never read a "Batman" comic book in my life, I'm well aware of Alan Moore's "Killing Joke", which seems to be the »
- Brad Brevet
Ayer revealed the eye-popping photo on Twitter, showing a shirtless Joker wearing one purple glove (pressed against his green hair) with eyes wide and chrome-toothed mouth open wide in what looks to be a crazed laugh. His chest and arms are covered in tattoos, and his forehead is marked with one telling word: "Damaged."
Time will tell if Leto's performance can come anywhere near the intensely immersive depths of Heath Ledger's mesmerizing turn as the character in 2008's The Dark Knight, but the new take on the Harlequin of Hate is certainly memorable.
- Derek Anderson
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
We got a fuzzy shot of Jared Leto referencing The Joker’s appearance in Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke and another one showing off his bright green hair, but it's finally time to see the complete look because David Ayer just unveiled the very first Suicide Squad image of Leto in full costume as The Joker on Twitter. I expected something extreme, but I certainly wasn't imagining something quite like this. (Did The Joker have a grill in the source material?) Regardless, this shot is definitely striking to say the least and also has me believing the guy is an absolute lunatic, which is clearly a step in the right direction. However, it wasn't Heath Ledger's hair, makeup and wardrobe that sold the character in The Dark Knight. It was his insanely committed, haunting performance and Leto's certainly got his work cut out for him if he's going »
- Perri Nemiroff
For weeks, DC and Jared Leto have been teasing us with little snippets here and there of what the Joker will look like. Well now we know as they finally released our first look at the finished product of Jared Leto as The Joker.
As you can see, this isn't your father's joker or really yours for that matter. This is actually a completely original depiction of the clown prince of crime. You can tell they were really trying to go with a more insanely, criminal look. Taking a step away from the sociopathic crazy clown we're so used to and replacing him with a more "Damaged", as his face tattoo says, criminal inspired theme.
Many will fondly remember the last time the Joker was shown on the big screen, when Heath Ledger earned »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
We’ve seen hints and teases of what Jared Leto’s Joker looks like in the upcoming Suicide Squad, but director David Ayers just hit Twitter with our first full view of the Clown Prince of Crime, and it’s not like anything you expected. Even for the Joker, it’s totally nuts. Check it out for yourself. The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics pic.twitter.com/LZXz0x947Q — David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015 Much like when we saw the first picture of Heath Ledger as Joker in The Dark Knight, Leto’s gives us a radically different version of the iconic villain. While he retains his trademark green hair and red lips, his pale skin looks more fleshed-toned compared to the chalk white hue from the comics. The purple glove adds more familiar color, »
To celebrate the Joker's 75th birthday, "Suicide Squad" director David Ayer has revealed the first look at Jared Leto as the famed supervillain in the film via his official Twitter account. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis and more star in the film which begins shooting shortly.
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015
The announcement comes as author Frank Miller has revealed (via Heat Vision) that he's revisiting the world of Batman with a third comic effort following 1985's "The Dark Knight Returns" and 2001's "The Dark Knight Strikes Again". The eight issue work, entitled "The Dark Knight III: The Master Race," will be co-written with Brian Azzarello ("100 Bullets") and is due to begin publication this Fall. »
- Garth Franklin
Frank Miller, the writer and artist of “300” and Batman comic books that have been immortalized in a series of films for Warner Bros., will write the third chapter in the Dark Knight trilogy, DC Comics announced on Friday. It’s not clear what the plot of the the mini series titled “The Dark Knight III: The Master Race” will be, but DC announced that it will be released in eight parts, twice per month, beginning in late fall of this year. “Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting,” Miller said, »
- Jordan Burchette
DC Comics has announced that Frank Miller will write a third Batman series to complete what will now be a trilogy begun with The Dark Knight Returns. The Dark Knight: The Master Race is planned as an “epic conclusion of the celebrated The Dark Knight Returns saga.” Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns is one of the […]
- Peter Sciretta
DC Entertainment has announced that Frank Miller is set to pen the concluding chapter to his Dark Knight Returns saga with an eight-issue comic book series entitled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race.
The follow-up to the seminal Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and its sequel Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again will see Miller joined by writer Brian Azzarello, and is slated for publication in the fall, marking the 30th anniversary of the opening chapter.
“Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting, but we’ll do our best,” said Miller, with Azzarello adding that: “It’s been an amazing experience collaborating with Frank these past six months. I think we have an epic story that these characters truly deserve.”
- Gary Collinson
Frank Miller is returning to the world of Batman. Miller, the comic writer and artist behind the seminal work The Dark Knight Returns, released in 1986, and its 21st century follow-up, Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, will revisit the Batman series he created with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. But Miller, who is fighting ailments as well as age, is not drawing the new work, nor is he authoring it alone. Brian Azzarello, the co-creator of Vertigo’s 100 Bullets series as well as the recent acclaimed run of Wonder Woman, will co-write the miniseries,
- Borys Kit
Hot on the heels of the recent Batman v Superman trailer, DC Entertainment has announced the third and final installment of The Dark Knight Returns comic trilogy, The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. While a new installment of the saga of elderly Bruce Wayne was unexpected, it’s certainly no surprise that DC picked now as the time to reveal it, as the upcoming Zack Snyder film draws heavily from The Dark Knight Returns comic. Frank Miller will be joined on writing duties for the eight-issue comic book periodical by Brian Azzarello, who has written such comic book staples as 100 Bullets, Wonder Woman, and Batman. The Master Race will be published twice a month under the DC Comics imprint starting this fall. “Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting," said Miller, "but we’ll do our best.” [caption id="attachment_449523" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via DC Comics[/caption] »
- Evan Valentine
DC Entertainment has announced today that Frank Miller will return to conclude his The Dark Knight Returns saga with The Dark Knight III: The Master Race. This will follow 1986 classic The Dark Knight Returns, and the not so acclaimed Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, with Miller joined by writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Flashpoint, Wonder Woman) for the eight part series which wll be published this Fall on a twice monthly schedule. "Batman remains my favorite comic book hero and a sequel to Dark Knight is going to be daunting," said Miller, "but we’ll do our best." "We are thrilled to have Frank back home at DC writing Batman," according to Dan Didio and Jim Lee, Co-Publishers for DC Entertainment. "The story he and Brian have crafted is an astounding and triumphant conclusion to this seminal body of work which influenced and shaped generations of readers and creators alike. »
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