‘Suicide Squad’ Director Says Jared Leto’s Joker Look ‘Worked Better When He Was Scary’

David Ayer continues to defend Jared Leto's Joker look on his social media pages.

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer is one again defending Jared Leto’s Joker look.

Jared Leto’s Joker look has received a lot of criticism, but Suicide Squad director David Ayer continues to defend it on his social media pages. Earlier this month, Ayer shared an image comparing comic book artwork of the Joker with Jared Leto’s take on the iconic DC Comics villain, critisizing those calling his appearance “not comic book accurate.” Now, Ayer is saying that Leto’s Joker look “worked better when he was scary” and that “softening him broke the illusion,” suggesting that Warner Bros. toned down the actor’s performance while editing the movie.

You can check out David Ayer’s tweet regarging Jared Leto’s Joker look below.

With Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut coming to HBO Max, Suicide Squad fans have been asking Warner Bros. to release David Ayer’s version of the supervillain team-up flick on the WarnerMedia streaming service. Last month, Ayer himself revealed that his version of Suicide Squad is almost finished.

What did you all think of Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad? Would you like to see David Ayer’s cut of the film with villain more fully fleshed out? Sound-off in the comments section!

The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as The Joker. However, James Gunn is expected to deliver on the fresh take on the team in his upcoming movie.

Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquín Cosío, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker.

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.