Hey, remember back when we got our first look at Jared Leto’s Joker, and we all universally decided that he looked absolutely ridiculous?
Well, if you were one of the many, many (many) people who complained about the ridiculously tattooed incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime, take this as some small piece of consolation: it could have been so much worse.
Tina Charad, who did some illustration and concept artwork for Suicide Squad, has updated her website to include pictures of various design ideas that were considered for the Joker in the movie.
They’re very, shall we say, interesting?
They’re awful. They’re absolutely, disgustingly, almost nauseatingly bad.
Apparently, someone attached to the Suicide Squad movie (we’re not saying who, as this might not have been Tina Charad’s decision) was really attached to the idea of the Joker as a flamboyant pimp with a horrendously tacky sense of style.
Whoever they are, this person is apparently also fond of gold and purple.
These designs really reek of insecurity, don’t they? As if the Joker is afraid people won’t think he’s crazy and funny enough, so he’s overcompensating by writing his name on everything, and marking everything with “HAHAHAHA”.
It’s essentially the same as a TV sitcom that dubs a laugh track over the top of the bad jokes, in the hopes that audiences will hear other people laughing and think that the show is funnier than it really is.
Of course, there’s a good reason for this Joker to seem so desperately committed to wackiness for its own sake: the designers probably actually were this insecure.
The problem that Jared Leto’s Joker had from the start is, of course, that it’s hard to top an Oscar-winning version of the character.
Heath Ledger’s unfortunate untimely death didn’t exactly help things, as it’s left his role idealized as a perfect, career-defining performance that simply can’t be topped by any new actor rocking up late to the comic book movie party.
It’s obvious that Leto himself responded to this challenge by just going absolutely nuts on set, the result of which is a lot of footage that’s more or less unwatchable.
Apparently, though, when designing the character, the pre-production team similarly threw caution to the wind, creating something that’s substituted the Joker’s iconic look for something tacky and horrible which screams “Look at me, I’m CRAZY” without actually having any way to back up such a claim.
After all, who can imagine any version of the Joker being patient enough to sit through all those tattoos?