David Ayer met critics halfway by expressing certain regrets involving the design of Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad, even if he believes the public backlash involving the character and the overall film is misplaced due to mass studio interference, involving rewrites and re-shoots for the theatrical release that “ripped to pieces” Leto's Joker performance.The mainstream audience, outside the hardcore fan base, has unilaterally written Leto's Joker off.
Even Joker voice actor Troy Baker criticized Leto, saying, “Jared Leto was not a good Joker.” After all the years of criticism of a film remade behind the director’s back, Ayer opened up in acknowledging regrets surrounding Leto's Joker design for Suicide Squad. RELATED: Jared Leto Reflects On Playing Joker In Zack Snyder's Justice LeagueOn Twitter, Ayer explains the meaning behind the ‘damaged’ tattoo, saying that it was done because Batman knocked Joker's teeth out after he murdered Robin, hence the grills, and that the tattoo is Joker’s attempt to troll Batman. “It’s the one aesthetic choice I wish I hadn’t made.
Caught a lot of smoke for it, obviously.” Perhaps, audiences would have been keener to the design had the canonical reasons behind it been shown in the movies rather than Ayer having to explain on social media.
Even so, according to Zack Snyder, those reasons for the tattoo would have been explored in a Justice League 2 flashback of Robin's death, as told by Joker in a scene described as «the last supper» during a heart-to-heart between Batman and Joker.Leto's Joker did not feature the ‘damaged’ tattoo in Zack Snyder's Justice League.Read more on gamerant.com