‘Suicide Squad’: David Ayer Reveals How Joker Got His Tattoo And Grill

Suicide Squad is still in people’s minds after all the negative reception and controversy surrounding it. The movie, is set in a DC Extended Universe where many events from the comic books (or versions of them) have already occurred. Unfortunately, while the newest installments in the DCEU are packed with Easter eggs and references, not much explanation is given as to what got the main characters to where they are, making them very intriguing individuals.

One of the most mysterious aspects of Suicide Squad was Jared Leto’s Joker. Most of what we know about this new interpretation of the character has been through behind-the-scenes and promotional interviews, making fans eagerly await any new details. The character was also met with quite a bit of divided feedback when his character design was first revealed. Something that particularly caught a lot of people off-guard were Joker’s tattoos and his grill.

Previous notable tattoos that people discovered were a Robin on his right bicep, which everyone saw as an indication to Batman’s famous sidekick and the other one, which, admittedly stirred way more controversy, was the “Damaged” tattoo on his forehead. Now, thanks to a new revelation from David Ayer to Empire, we not only know where these tattoos came from, but also his grill. Here’s what he said:

“This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection. But Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum. It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.”

Two months ago, Suicide Squad director, David Ayer, about the controversial addition to the Clown Prince of Crime’s look:

“The tattoos tell a very specific story. And eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious. There’s very specific stories and Easter eggs in those tattoos. And even his teeth, there’s an entire story behind that which is absolutely canon. It’s putting his history on his body. This Joker is a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.”

Do Ayers Words Themselves Tell A Story?

While these details are very important for the backstory of this new Joker,some may see this as a contradiction to a quick Harley Quinn Easter egg in Suicide Squad. During the Squad’s introduction, where we see everyone’s criminal record, in Harley’s there’s a line that reads “accomplice to the murder of Robin.”

This led many fans to wonder if Harley had, in fact, had a hand in killing the Boy Wonder, which contradicted and any previous statement of the Joker being the culprit. However, being an “accomplice to murder” means exactly that, not that she’s the actual culprit. This means every bit of backstory given as to how Joker killed Robin and the aftermath lines up perfectly.

What I find curious about these details is the fact that Batman, after Joker murdered his companion, simply punched his teeth in and locked him up, when, in Batman v Superman, he was a little more…trigger-happy. However, it’s nice to be getting these tidbits of information to fill in the blanks of the Joker’s mysterious and colorful backstory and his narcissistic personality.

What do you think of the Joker’s backstory? Would you like the upcoming Batman film to explore that story?

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