‘Suicide Squad’ Joker Inspired By Instagram ‘Drug Lords,’ What Else Did You Expect?

Make no mistake, David Ayer is well aware about the inherent tackiness of his contribution to the Joker’s characterization. In fact, Jared Leto’s Joker is based off the gaudiest piece of American culture. No, it’s not your Italian grandmother’s living room. Be realistic here; the Joker is not embossed in plastic sheeting. Instead, this Joker is inspired by the flex of drug dealers on Instagram. In an interview with Yahoo, Ayer disclosed his inspiration:

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. If a guy like him really existed today, where would he come from? How would he do business? Who would he know? What would he look like? 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.

Is this a real thing? Why isn’t there a reality show Real Drug Dealers of Instagram? Can someone forward me some links? This seems like shoddy planning for drug dealers and doesn’t seem to connote that of a criminal mastermind. But continuing on, Ayer believes that the Joker’s terrible tattoos are very important to his plot line this go around:

The tattoos tell a very specific story. And eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on, but obviously they’re contentious, any time you do something new it’s contentious. There’s very specific stories and easter eggs in those tattoos. And even his teeth, there’s an entire story behind that which is absolutely canon. It’s putting his history on his body. This Joker is a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.

Easter eggs! F**k. Why can’t I just watch a movie without stress? Why do I have to watch six separate times and subscribe to every subreddit on the topic? This seems sneaky and once again marketing is preying on my obsessive compulsive tendencies.

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