Instagram drug lords inspired Jared Leto’s Joker

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Suicide Squad director David Ayer has revealed that the design for Jared Leto’s Joker was inspired by Instagram drug lords.

“A lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history and footprint in our world, and not have this sacrosanct being outside of our continuum, our reality,” Ayer said in a Yahoo interview (via Birth.Movies.Death.). “In my mind, I took a lot of inspiration from drug lords on Instagram. It’s a great way to understand the lifestyle of a villain.”

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The director went on to say that the Joker’s tattoos “tell a very specific story” and  “Eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious.”

Taking another look at the Joker’s design, this news really isn’t that surprising.

Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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