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David Ayer admits Jared Leto's Joker look went a bit 'too far', but thinks Phoenix will 'crush it'

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Sep 24, 2018

Despite the fact that the world is often so at odds with itself, we can almost always unanimously agree that Suicide Squad was not a very good comic book movie.

And you know what? Even the film's director, David Ayer, agrees that it's got some flaws. While interacting with fans on Twitter, he admitted that the "Damaged" tattoo worn on the forehead of Jared Leto's Joker was not such a great idea. 

"Yes, I have to fall on that sword," Ayer wrote. "It was one step too far."

He did go on to admit that he personally liked the tattoo, stating that it was for Batman's benefit after the Caped Crusader smashed in the Joker's teeth after the villain killed Jason Todd (aka Robin). That's why this iteration of the Clown Prince of Crime wears a shiny grill. 

That being said, Zack Snyder recently confirmed that the murdered Robin was Dick Grayson, not Jason Todd. In the words of Desi Arnaz, the DCEU's "got some splainin' to do!"

Fortunately, Ayer's got no harsh feelings against the upcoming Joker movie from director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) that stars Joaquin Phoenix (Her) in the titular role. On the contrary, he's really rooting for it, writing:

"Todd and Joaquin are going to crush it." 

Phillips's Joker movie laughs into theaters Oct. 4, 2019. No release date is set for the second Suicide Squad, but it might not arrive until 2020. Additionally, Warner Bros. is also developing a spinoff project for Leto's take on the Joker. 


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