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Director David Ayer talks The Joker’s tattoos in Suicide Squad and the movie’s soundtrack listing is out UPDATED: Awesome new poster added

June 18th, 2016 by Marc Comments


While the fandom in general is still trying to decide if they like Joker’s tattoos in the upcoming Suicide Squad or not, director David Ayer is keen to point out that they are there for a reason.

When the image of Jared Leto as the Joker (above) first appeared, the internet, in predictable fashion, a lost melted down. Now, however, we have all gotten used to this new look for the clown prince of crime… but all the tattoos have a reason, it seems.

“The tattoos tell a very specific story,” said Ayer, “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.”

Some speculated that there are connections to the Joker’s tattoos and the death of Robin, so he’s clearly not telling lies. It should be interesting to see if the whole story ever surfaces… although we have no doubt they are being broken down by fans as we type.

What do you think? Can you see his tats being a love letter to the character’s history? Let us know…

In related news, the full track listing for the movie’s soundtrack has appeared online:

1 Purple Lamborghini [Explicit] by Skrillex & Rick Ross
2 Sucker For Pain (with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) [Explicit] by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons
3 Heathens by twenty one pilots
4 Standing In The Rain (feat. Mark Ronson) [Explicit] by Action Bronson & Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys)
5 Gangsta [Explicit] by Kehlani
6 Know Better [Explicit] by Kevin Gates
7 You Don’t Own Me (feat. G-Eazy) by Grace
8 Without Me by Eminem
9 Wreak Havoc by Skylar Grey
10 Medieval Warfare by Grimes
11 Bohemian Rhapsody by Panic! At The Disco
13 Slippin’ Into Darkness by War
14 Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
15 I Started a Joke (feat. Becky Hanson) by ConfidentialMX

It’s interesting that Bohemian Rhapsody, used to great effect in the trailers, has been covered by Panic! At The Disco. Grace’s “You Don’t Own Me” has been used in the trailers too and Twenty One Pilots’ ‘Heathens’ is already on Spotify and iTunes etc… and it’s a pretty great track.

What do you think of the track listing? Let us know, folks…

Directed by David Ayer and starring Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and many, many more, “Suicide Squad” opens on August 5.


WE LOVE this new poster!


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….