Is JARED LETO's JOKER Really JASON TODD? SUICIDE SQUAD Director Answers

Still from 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
Still from 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'
Credit: Entertainment Weekly

A long-standing fan theory holds that Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad is in fact Jason Todd, the former Robin who in comic books was murdered by the Joker, and whose defaced uniform was seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, according to Suicide Squad director David Ayer, that simply isn't true.

"It ain't the case," Ayer told WSVN-TV Miami, calling the Jason Todd theory the "most ridiculous" rumor he had heard about the film. 

Ayer also addressed rumors that Suicide Squad reshoots had been done to make the film funnier, saying "I don't really think you can do that. Cause it's like, what, you've got a scene and then all of a sudden dudes are cracking jokes and then you're back to the scene? It doesn't work like that. The movie was always funny. The studio just gave me more resources to make it even better."

Ayer said that the number one lesson he learned from Batman v Superman is that "you have to listen to the fans."

"A director can have his vision, but ultimately the fans decide. I grew up a fan, I read the comics and I also listened to the fans. It was a good reality check for me, and I think the movie is going to give fans what they want."

As for what fans can expect from Leto's Joker, Leto himself shared an Instagram photo showing off a classic look for Joker, whose costume runs the gamut of his various comic book styles in Suicide Squad.

 

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Suicide Squad opens in theaters August 5.

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