The Joker Will Definitely Have Tattoos In Suicide Squad

Ever since the first look at Jared Leto's version of The Joker from Suicide Squad arrived online, there has been some fierce debate and rumor swirling around the internet questioning whether or not the character would actually have the many tattoos he's shown with in the image. Well, that debate can now be put to rest, as it's been confirmed that the character will indeed have the aforementioned body art.

The source of this update is Just Jared, which has posted a full gallery of images taken on the Suicide Squad set. The photos feature a good amount of action featuring the likes of Will Smith's Deadshot, Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, and Jay Hernandez's El Diablo, but the most interesting in the bunch are the close-ups of Jared Leto's Joker - who clearly has many of the controversial tattoos from the debut picture of the character. This includes "Damaged" written across his forehead, a "J" underneath his left eye, and a skull with a jester's hat on his right shoulder.

Days after the official image of Jared Leto's Joker arrived online, reports began swirling around questioning whether or not the tattoos featured in the shot would actually be part of the finished look. There were some who said that it was merely part of a photo shoot celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Clown Prince of Crime, and that the character wouldn't be sporting the ink seen in the shot. At the time, I wondered if this was merely wishful thinking on the part of certain fans who hoped that if they didn't believe in the tattoos that they would just go away. Turns out that was true.

Like many comic book fans looking forward to Suicide Squad, I'm not a huge fan of the tattoos - most especially the one on his forehead - but at this stage in the game it really is best just to avoid flash judgements. The truth is that Jared Leto and director David Ayer's interpretation of The Joker may actually totally earn the psychotic villain's body art in an unexpected way. Really, is it necessary to once again remind everyone about the outrage stirred up before we actually got to see Heath Ledger's version of the character in The Dark Knight?

It's been said that Jared Leto's Joker will be one of three main characters in Suicide Squad, alongside Will Smith's Deadshot, and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn, but there's really not much more information available currently about the plot of the film or how Joker will fit into it. As always, you can be sure to find more details here as they become available.

Suicide Squad is now filming up in Toronto, Canada, and will be released next summer on August 5, 2016.

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