Plus a contrived explanation for his ugly teeth.
For months leading up to the film’s release, fans speculated as to why Jared Leto’s Joker had “Damaged” horrendously scribbled across his forehead, and what exactly happened to all of his teeth. While it was commonly theorized that the Joker had all of his teeth punched out by Batman, the tattoo remained a mystery. Well, Suicide Squad wirter/director David Ayer has confirmed this fan theory, as well as spilling the beans on the reasoning behind the tattoo.
“This is sort of my personal thing and maybe less about a larger connection. But Joker killed Robin and Batman basically smashes his teeth out and locks him up in Arkham Asylum. It’s in the asylum where Joker would have done the ‘damaged’ tattoo as a message to Batman saying, ‘You’ve damaged me. I was so beautiful before and now you’ve destroyed my face.’ That’s where the grill comes from.”
Sounds like a decent explanation no? Satisfies a fan theory, and gives a little more history to the relationship between the Joker and Batman.
That is until you sit down and think about it for two seconds before realizing that doesn’t make any sense. The Joker was already sporting the tattoo and grill when being interviewed by a pre-Harley Quinn Harleen Quinzel. Who earlier in the film, was listed as an accomplice to the murder of Robin in her character dossier, so there is no way Joker lost his teeth and became “damaged” after he murdered Robin, unless he killed two Robins. Which, while possible, I think is extremely unlikely.
This is just another example of how under-cooked and underdeveloped the DCEU is, and speaks to how much DC Films are rushing their universe. Suicide Squad is a terribly written mess due to the fact that Ayer was only given 6 weeks to write the film! Maybe with a little more fine tuning of the script, this explanation would have been sufficient, but as of now it is just the latest in a long line of screw ups on WB’s part.