One of the biggest controversies in the 2016 film “Suicide Squad” was Jared Leto’s interpretation of the Joker. The decision to have an enemy of Batman wear a tattoo on his forehead that reads “damaged” (“damaged,” “injured”) was met with significant criticism. Now, the film’s director, David Ayer, has chosen to explain his artistic decisions.
David Ayer on the Origin of the Controversial Joker Tattoo
I wholeheartedly agree with the tattoo concept. It was my decision,” wrote David Ayer on X (formerly known as Twitter). The initial concept, however, was for the inscription to be “blessed,” not “damaged.”
Nonetheless, Ayer added, “I regret making this choice. It incited negativity and division. Not every idea turns out to be a good one. So, I’ll remain in my corner as the internet criticizes me for this post.”
I own the tattoo idea 100%
It was my choice. Original idea is it would say “Blessed” and not “Damaged”
Now having said that — I regret that decision. It created acrimony and division.
Not every idea is a good idea.
And I’ll just be in the corner here while the internet… https://t.co/8no7KQy1Oe
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) August 16, 2023
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“Suicide Squad” – Is an “Ayer Cut” Possible?
Ayer recently revealed that he discussed the possibility of releasing a director’s cut of “Suicide Squad” with James Gunn. Gunn, the current head of DC Films and the director of his own version of “The Suicide Squad,” mentioned that the opportunity will arise to unveil Ayer’s rendition.
“All I know is that my unreleased version looks much better than the studio’s version. The interest in my cut appears genuine and heartfelt. Gunn told me it’s time to share it with the world,” Ayer added. However, he fully deserves to present his take on the DC universe without the baggage of past projects.