I try to be open-minded. When it comes to movies, I don't immediately dismiss sequels or remakes at their announcement. I am indifferent to casting news because I have no idea what producers and directors have in mind for a script I haven't read nor how well someone may have performed at an audition.
Comic-book fanatics take it to another level and seem in perpetual outrage over the creative choices made as their favorite characters are brought to life on screen. Any deviation to what has come before is frequently met with a large amount of derision, whether it be a character's origin, race, or costume.
But here the detractors may have a point.
I know there was a backlash to the news of Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker and the character's appearance before The Dark Knight, but the image director Dave Ayer has released of Jared Leto as the Joker from Suicide Squad is quite the head-scratcher. This seems more like an artist's rendering for a poster on sale at Hot Topic rather than a believable iteration of the character. Why would the Joker sit for all those tattoos devoted to himself? This look is better suited to a crazy Joker devotee rather than the Clown Prince of Crime.
The worst part may be "Damaged" written across his forehead in such an obvious manner, although maybe that foreshadowing about the DC Cinematic Universe because that seems an accurate word after seeing this and the Batman v Superman trailer.
What do you think of this new look for the Joker?
Suicide Squad is the third entry in the DC Cinematic Universe and is scheduled to be released on August 5, 2016.