‘Suicide Squad’ Haters: Even Zack Snyder Loved Jared Leto’s Joker

‘Suicide Squad’ Haters: Even Zack Snyder Loved Jared Leto’s Joker

When Suicide Squad came to theaters, it left a cavernous ravine separating the lovers and haters of it. There has rarely been a more polarizing CBM than David Ayer’s offering of the DC Comics’ anti-heroes. Critics — and many fans — hated it; yet, the film hauled in $746.8M during its theatrical run.

As of today, it has a 27% splat on Rotten Tomatoes, 40% on Metacritic, and 6 stars on IMDB. Fans still want to arm wrestle every time this subject comes up. Meanwhile, David Ayer is pushing for his Suicide Squad cut to come to reality, now that mythic Director’s Cuts are in fashion.

Do we want that cut? Do we want any cut? Should the Joker be cut? Mark the people who poo-pooed on this movie, because as of now, David Ayer has a cheerleader DC acolytes believed would have never come out of the fog — Zack Snyder!

‘SUicide Squad’ Seal of Approval

'Suicide Squad' earned love and respect from none other than Zack Snyder, largely for Jared Leto's performance of Joker
Source: DC Comics/Atlas Entertainment

Get a good look at that. The irony of the Jared Leto forehead tattoo reading “Damaged” is telling when you consider what tens of thousands of fans thought about his portrayal about the Clown Prince of Crime, Mister J.

And Papa Zack loved it. So, let’s see how many haters and trolls change their tune once they read this…

You know when David Ayer hit ‘enter’ on his keyboard to share what he saw on Vero (Zack’s social platform of choice), he probably crushed the button into a million pieces as he bellowed this barbaric yawp of “Suck it, homers!”

Jared Leto's Joker in 'Suicide Squad'
Credit: Clay Enos/DC Comics/Atlas Entertainment

Of course, Zack didn’t go so far as to share whether Leto’s ‘Joker’ will meet Batfleck, but the respect he gave David Ayer was love long overdue for the director and his non-flop of a film.

Some people even believe Jared Leto’s ‘Joker’ was the most wasted opportunity in DC’s cinematic universe to this point.

It seems every actor who had a chance to portray DC’s most illustrious criminal had a different slant.

Most recently, Joaquin Phoenix created a misanthrope bullied and tortured soul. Heath Ledger famously gave us a demented tyrant who just got off on watching the world burn. Nicholson had a ’60s gangster gone bat-ess crazy while Cesar Romero gave us a Carni’ who broke out of jail but never let the circus go.

Jared Leto’s vision of the Harlequin of Hate in Suicide Squad was a street-wise thug, riddled with tattoos, a dazzling grill, and enough gold that would make a 1980s rapper jealous. Unfortunately, that was about the only person who would be jealous because not many people loved what he did on film — although Warner Bros. only gave him eight friggin’ minutes to showcase that work.

With this kind of public love from Zack, who knows? Maybe minds will change? David Ayer make get that most generous of cuts after all. We can only hope…kinda like that Snyder guy got his cut on HBO Max in 2021.


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