Warner Bros. unveiled the new DC Cinematic Universe’s take on the Joker this past week, and the reaction they got was probably not what they were hoping for.
Sporting what looks like a plastic surgical glove, RiFF RAFF-worthy grill and some… interesting tattoo choices, Jared Leto’s Joker is a huge departure from previous movie versions. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but change is scary, and so social media wasted no time tearing it all to shreds.
New joker looks like fan fiction. pic.twitter.com/x001Bsnjok
— Brennan Williams (@GREATBLACKOTAKU) April 25, 2015
oh wow I can tell this version of the Joker is a real bad dude because his origin story involves falling into a vat of hot topic
— Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) April 25, 2015
“So Jared, what’s your vision for the new Joker?” “Well first off obviously he’s ‘Down to Clown…'”
— Twiττer’s Good Boy (@twitersgoodboy) April 25, 2015
alright definitely drinking to forget jaret leto’s new joker reveal tonight.
— Hector Gonzalez (@hekturr) April 25, 2015
Wow the joker and his gang look ready to take over gotham. pic.twitter.com/tDPsCtrujU
— DORITO BANDITO (@Reaprar) April 25, 2015
— Michael Campbell (@Mike_Cam_) April 25, 2015
— Ryan Farroki (@Rynoballs) April 25, 2015
I don’t know what everyone is upset about. That new Joker looks awesome. pic.twitter.com/XisqKWeLU2
— Brian Altano (@agentbizzle) April 25, 2015
Also Jared Leto’s Joker shaves his armpits???
— Michael McWhertor (@MikeMcWhertor) April 25, 2015
When you forget about an auto-renew subscription pic.twitter.com/ALIk65Rhv1
— Ludwig Kietzmann (@LudwigK) April 25, 2015
Wait so Jared Leto is playing Ninja from Die Antwoord playing Joker?
— Spencer Hayes (@SPNKr) April 25, 2015
Everyone at Marvel just high-fived, happy to find they no longer have the worst comic book movie press this week! #JuggaloJoker
— Brian Collins (@BrianWCollins) April 25, 2015
Jared Leto as the Joker pic.twitter.com/vIGXhuJJrB
— Chulsssss (@ameerulaffiq) April 25, 2015
I don’t hate the joker look the way 90% of the Internet does, but stumbled across this and it’s hilarious pic.twitter.com/Xjh7xacArl
— George Loftus (@gbloftus) April 25, 2015
Ha! I knew Birdman and Manny Fresh would make their return with The Joker. pic.twitter.com/ZXiAfy1oIo
— Satchell Drakes (@SatchbagsGoods) April 25, 2015
really impressed by how Leto looks as the Joker pic.twitter.com/VAvpfYm0KD
— ape has hugged ape (@AaronM) April 25, 2015
It was a scary night when we pulled Macauley Culkin out of the pool of cocaine he was swimming in pic.twitter.com/ChZ2r4Awva
— Mike Lawrence (@TheMikeLawrence) April 25, 2015
Please tell me the Joker has a tramp stamp. Of a bat.
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) April 25, 2015
Batman is going to be so sorry when Joker’s new mixtape drops.
— Ami Angelwings (@ami_angelwings) April 25, 2015
If that’s what the Joker looks like, just imagine the Juggalette Harley Quinn we’re getting.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) April 25, 2015
This is a Joker for the leather-trenchcoat-wearing, Crow-loving, wallet-on-a-chain types who have always been the Joker’s biggest fans.
— Chris McFeely (@chrismcfeely) April 25, 2015
love this new joker design pic.twitter.com/8NHIHPgucg
— andi (@captaintrash) April 25, 2015
Now that’s a Joker that likes EDM and uses Snapchat.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) April 25, 2015
I have often said there’s no wrong way to portray the Joker, as long as you do the basics. Now, I’m not sure. pic.twitter.com/2p5V6ojxwb
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) April 25, 2015
I love the idea of The Joker taking time to carefully tattoo “Ha” all over his body. The Joker, carefully applying bactene and moisturizer.
— Anthony Carboni (@acarboni) April 25, 2015
Joker’s ‘Damaged’ is as subtle as the guy who writes ‘Bat + Man’ in a game of Pictionary. We get it! But…you’re kinda missing the point
— Space Jam (@Sir_JD) April 25, 2015
so the new joker definitely vapes right
— erika (@weevilbabe) April 25, 2015
Boy, if you didn’t like Jared Leto’s take in the Joker, you’re going to hate the new Harley Quinn… pic.twitter.com/7q84jojkA5
— Stone Chin (@GreatWallofChin) April 25, 2015
To be fair though, fans also put up a helluva fit when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in The Dark Knight, and look how that turned out.
What do you think? Is the fan-hate towards Suicide’s Squad‘s Joker look justified? Or are we just freaking out over something we haven’t even really seen yet?