Jared Leto stars as the Joker in Suicide Squad and his latest tease on Twitter references Killing Joke, a controversial one-shot comics in 1988 by Alan Moore that sees Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl getting assaulted, crippled, and molested by the Joker while her dad ?Commissioner Gordon?watches in agony.
Just today, Jared Leto posted a photo of his silhouette while wearing a hat and costume that looks the same in the Killing Joke comic.
This has not been the first time that Leto has referenced the killing Joke, Caped Crusades reported. On April 10, 2015, he tweeted a photo of him holding a camera, exactly matching the look from the comics.
These hints are fueling rumors that Barbara Gordon may appear in Suicide Squad. Whether we see how she gets assaulted or in her crippled state as the oracle is yet to be seen.
Why Is The Killing Joke Controversial?
Alan Moore?s The Killing Joke was highly criticized as the comic emphasizes on Barbara being brutally assaulted and stripped naked by the Joker to drive her father crazy, Moviepilot reported
The Joker wanted to make Gordon become crazy like him and he pursued his plans by using Barbara as his pawn, Vcpost reported.
It was never officially revealed if Barbara was sexually exploited by The Joker and fans still debate on the topic.
Suicide Squad Joker And The Killing Joke
Little is known how much from the Killing Joke comic will make its way to the antagonist filled movie. As the movie doesn?t seem to show any hints of Batgirl yet, we may be seeing Barbara take on her role as the Oracle.?Jena Malone is rumored to appear as Barbara Gordon in Batman v Superman and we may also see her take the role in Suicide Squad.
Oracle was first introduced?in issue #23 of Suicide Squad, Moviepilot reported. Barbara renamed herself to Oracle and focused on providing intel to Batman as she couldn?t directly help fight battles because she was now crippled and stuck on a wheelchair. She also formed The Birds of Prey team which included The Black Canary and The Huntress, Moviepilot reported.
Is Leto Just Pulling Off A show?
The photos may just be shots made by the actor to put hype into his film. It may also just Leto?s way of getting into the Joker?s character.?Jared Leto gave a rat for Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie and also gave the cast a dead hog and bullets, Eonline and Mirror?reported.
The previous actor who helmed the Joker for the Dark Knight, Heathe Ledger, also heavily prepared for the role by getting himself locked up in an apartment for a month and writing like Joker would in a diary, EW reported.??He pretty well locked himself up in a hotel, in his apartment, for a month or so, to sort of galvanize the upcoming character in his own mind,? Kim Ledger said.