SUICIDE SQUAD Director On ROBIN's Killer & How BATMAN Is To Blame For JOKER's Tattoos & Teeth

Jared Leto as the Joker
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros. / DC Comics

Many aspects of Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad remain controversial, from his casting itself, to his performance, to the amount of screentime he received, but the one that's dogged the character from the beginning is his distinctive tattoos and adorned teeth. Now, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has revealed the origin behind Joker's 'grill' and at least one of the now infamous ink pieces.

"This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection,” Ayer told Empire about his personal thoughts on Joker’s tattoos, “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."

It seems both Ayer and Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder who showcased Robin's defaced uniform in that film each have ideas about the Boy Wonder's death, with Snyder having previously said his personal thought is that Robin was killed around a decade prior to Batman v Superman.

Neither director have commented on what exactly Harley Quinn's involvement in the murder of Robin was to earn that "accomplice to the murder of Robin" label seen in Suicide Squad.

Suicide Squad is in theaters now.

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