SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Shares New Image Of Jared Leto's Joker With Drawn-On Eyebrows

SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Shares New Image Of Jared Leto's Joker With Drawn-On Eyebrows SUICIDE SQUAD Director David Ayer Shares New Image Of Jared Leto's Joker With Drawn-On Eyebrows

David Ayer has taken to social media to share another shot from his director's cut of Suicide Squad, and this time we get to see Jared Leto's Joker without his notorious "damaged" head tattoo...

By MarkCassidy - Dec 17, 2023 02:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Suicide Squad

Warner Bros./DC Studios revisiting 2016's soundly-panned - though financially successful - Suicide Squad for its elusive "Ayer Cut" has always seemed highly unlikely, but director David Ayer remains confident that he will be given the opportunity to release his original vision for the movie some day, and continues to share new details and images to social media.

One aspect of the movie that arguably comes in for the most backlash is Jared Leto's interpretation of the Joker, particularly the character's appearance, and his relationship with Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie).

We know that Ayer filmed an alternate ending, which would have given the iconic Batman villain a lot more screen time and completely changed his dynamic with Harley, who was going to sever ties with the madman after coming to realize how toxic their relationship really was.

Ayer recently posted some concept art representing his "original intent" for the Joker, and the filmmaker has now revealed a never-before-seen shot of Leto as the Clown Prince of Crime without his much-maligned "damaged" head tattoo, and with drawn-on eyebrows (something tells us that creative choice would have received just as much criticism).

When asked how this take on the Joker would have differed from the version in the theatrically-released film, Ayer responded:

"Joker is formidable, intense and a force of nature in my cut. Not unfocused and silly. In my cut, he has a story arc that hangs powerfully over the entire film. In the studio cut he’s a prop not a character."

Check out the shot below, along with a storyboard of Harley Quinn's fateful meeting with Mr. J in Arkham Asylum.

Ayer has indicated that he has spoken to James Gunn about potentially developing his director's cut of Suicide Squad, but with the DCU reboot on the way and Gunn's own revamp, The Suicide Squad, already out there, we would be very surprised if it ever sees the light of day.

Would you have any interest in seeing the "Ayer Cut"? Drop us a comment down below.

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DrReedRichards - 12/17/2023, 2:54 PM
"Joker is formidable intense and a force of nature in my cut. Not unfocused and silly. In my cut he has a story arc that hangs powerfully over the entire film."

lazlodaytona - 12/17/2023, 3:53 PM
@DrReedRichards - dude. his version was/is a way better version.
DrReedRichards - 12/17/2023, 4:14 PM
@lazlodaytona -

The version Ayer describes does sound like a better version. However, allow me to doubt that he actually had such a version in mind from the start. This guy's whole spiel is just retconning and backpedaling on what is and what isn't his actual film.
philinterrupted - 12/17/2023, 10:11 PM
@DrReedRichards - could you not tell by his sweet forehead tattoo?
DrReedRichards - 12/18/2023, 2:00 AM
@philinterrupted -

If you zoom in enough, you'll see that even those are just another pair of unnecessary HAHAHA~'s.
dracula - 12/17/2023, 2:55 PM
Looks better than the final product
AnthonyVonGeek - 12/17/2023, 2:56 PM
Every time I see that Joker
Th3Batman - 12/17/2023, 2:56 PM
Matt Reeves' Arkham series is set within Gunn's DCU. Not only will he continue working on his solo Batman projects, he will have a key role in shaping the DCU's version of Batman as well. Gunn also confirmed that other projects set within Reeves' Batverse are in the works, besides Batman II and Penguin.
Amaru - 12/17/2023, 2:58 PM
@Th3Batman - You're wrong.
Repian - 12/17/2023, 2:56 PM
Batmangina - 12/17/2023, 2:58 PM
Without Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson's original DAMAGED tattoo across his forehead, it's not the same.
BeNice123 - 12/17/2023, 2:59 PM
Trash, idk how people like this version.
DocSpock - 12/17/2023, 2:59 PM

Still trying to justify sh!tty ghetto Joker??

That is just sad.

ThouBear8 - 12/17/2023, 3:00 PM
Why anybody thinks this guy's full vision would be an improvement is beyond me. Most of my issues come directly from the choices HE made. Specifically, the aesthetic & characterization are awful in that movie. I have zero interest in this.
TheLobster - 12/17/2023, 3:05 PM
@ThouBear8 - you must not understand how easily a film can morph with editing and creative detours coming from a shitty studio. ZSJL is a big improvement off Josstice League so I wouldn’t be surprised if Ayer Cut was a big improvement off the theatrical cut.
Razorface1 - 12/17/2023, 3:09 PM
@ThouBear8 - It worked for the Snyder Cut.
LSHF - 12/17/2023, 3:41 PM
@ThouBear8 - I don't necessarily believe his would be better overall, but I've already seen parts in early trailers that I want to see more of.
HashTagSwagg - 12/17/2023, 4:01 PM
@ThouBear8 - "Why anybody thinks this guy's full vision would be an improvement is beyond me" because the Synder cut showed how the studio's involvement can ruin a movie. It could still end up being shit yeah but there's is always the chance the dude made genuinely good film, despite making some dumb creative decisions.
ThouBear8 - 12/17/2023, 8:25 PM
To respond to all the replies on my comment about how the Snyder Cut was such a big improvement, I have a couple of thoughts.

1 HUGE difference is that Snyder's issue was never how the characters looked. In fact, the heroes' appearances were a strength, if anything. Yes, some of his characterization was off, but not as far off the mark in most cases.

I agree that in terms of a cohesive story, I'm sure Ayer's full version would make more sense, but that doesn't fix fundamental problems, like why the team is formed in the first place. The way he describes his "true vision" makes me believe he is completely out of touch with what kind of movie he was actually making.

Also, I'm of the opinion that Snyder's version of JL was an improvement, but not a huge one. It felt like 2 steps forward, 1 step back. Telling a story in 4 hours that should've easily been achieved in 2 1/2 - 3 is a failure as a storyteller. It still contained many of Snyder's worst instincts, & it didn't have much of any restraint. In his case, I think an editor (not the studio) would've benefited the film.

I do think it sucks that the studio clearly affected the version he was trying to make (as they've done repeatedly with other filmmakers such as Snyder), but I'm not sure there's any evidence to suggest that he had a masterpiece on his hands (as he's described it), if not for that damn studio stepping in & ruining it.
ThouBear8 - 12/17/2023, 8:29 PM
I will also add that the choices he made show a complete lack of subtlety or nuance. It's not just how they looked, it's what their appearances said about their characters.

Thinking the Joker would ever willingly get those tattoos done on him (especially the "damaged" one, wtf?) shows a fundamental misunderstanding of that character. He just wanted to be edgy, & throwing face tats on everyone was his way of doing that.
Repian - 12/17/2023, 3:05 PM
I don't understand how Margot Robbie could look at the Joker and not vomit right away. That's the most amazing thing.
ModHaterSLADE - 12/17/2023, 3:06 PM
Will never take "Damaged" Joker seriously, which is disappointing because I've seen Leto capable of giving actually good performances.
TheLobster - 12/17/2023, 3:06 PM
I hope they release the Ayer Cut personally. Let the man get some closure and hopefully some validation!
RolandD - 12/17/2023, 3:07 PM
Maybe this version of Joker was destined to fail. How do you follow Nicholson‘s Joker and Ledger’s Joker? I think Ayer and Leto tried too hard.
TheVisionary25 - 12/17/2023, 3:08 PM
Somehow it gets worse lol …

Still the worst live action Joker so far imo , so try-hard.

RolandD - 12/17/2023, 3:13 PM
@TheVisionary25 - Agreed. I would take Cesar Romero over this performance.
TheVisionary25 - 12/17/2023, 3:14 PM
@RolandD - same.

I know some had issues with Keoghan’s take in Batman but I still liked that more then this (even though I still have mixed feelings about the look).
RolandD - 12/17/2023, 4:17 PM
@TheVisionary25 - I wasn’t thrilled with his look either. I think they went too far with scarring, but still like years ahead of the visuals and the acting for Lego’s Joker.
Alucard28 - 12/17/2023, 3:09 PM
Looks like shit.
MCUKnight11 - 12/17/2023, 3:10 PM
Was there ever any concept art that gave him a better design? Might just be me, but I I didn't hate the casting. Joker was muscular with tattoos before.
TheVisionary25 - 12/17/2023, 3:12 PM
@MCUKnight11 - I don’t even mind the tattoos much

Get rid of the face ones and grill and I’ll be fine with it.
Steel86 - 12/17/2023, 3:13 PM
Wouldn't mind see a director's cut just to see Leto full performance. Other than that not so much.
TheVandalore - 12/17/2023, 3:16 PM
I never understood why DC puts limitations on themselves by not letting themselves use their own characters. It doesn't matter what is currently being developed, a directors cut of a film you already made is just free money, and to not capitalize on your properties full potential just because something else is using the character too is lame.

They made every DC live action tv show lame because they never let them use Batman. All of these pretend rules DC has for themselves is completely idiotic. They could be making money hand over fist with the characters they own yet they are utterly clueless how to make money with them.
HumanRubiksCube - 12/17/2023, 3:17 PM
harryba11zack - 12/17/2023, 3:18 PM
It was nice that Snyder removed the retarded "Damaged" from the joker.
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