A Twitter user posted a theory involving the tattoo, writing, “I think the damaged tattoo is actually pretty ingenious, but only for those who understand. Joker got the tattoo because batman damaged his smile in a failed attempt at revenge for killing Robin. All with the intent to antagonize and infuriate Batman simply by seeing his face.” Ayer would later confirm this theory by tweeting, “Exactly.”
2016’s Suicide Squad introduced an ensemble of new characters to the DC Extended Universe, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Amanda Waller and many more. The film also featured Jared Leto’s first appearance as the Clown Prince of Crime, and seemingly his last. In fact, there are no official plans for Leto’s Joker to appear in any future DCEU movies, including James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad.
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Idris Elba and Michael Rooker. The film arrives in theaters Aug. 6, 2021.
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According to Suicide Squad director David Ayer, there is more to The Joker's controversial 'Damaged' forehead tattoo than meets the eye.