David Ayer Says Brian Azzarello’s ‘Joker’ Was A ‘Major Influence’ For ‘Suicide Squad’

David Ayer continues to open up about Suicide Squad and shared that Brian Azzarello’s Joker graphic novel was as a “major influence” for the film.

Many are hoping Warner Bros. gives David Ayer a chance to release his version of Suicide Squad since Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut is coming to HBO Max. One major reason why fans are interested in Ayer’s cut is because the director has revealed that there’s a lot more of Jared Leto’s Joker in his version, something that was a controversial part of the theatrically released cut.

Brian Azzarello’s Joker is a graphic novel that came out in 2008 and follows a man named Jonny Frost and his point of view of the Clown Prince of Crime set in a gritty and realistic Gotham City. In Suicide Squad, Jim Parrack plays Jonny Frost and David Ayer shared on Twitter that Azarello’s graphic novel served as a “major influence” for the film.

What is your favorite Joker story from the comics? Sound-off in the comments section below!

Here is the synopsis for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad:

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by David Ayer, the film stars Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ike Barinholtz, and Scott Eastwood.

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Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.