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Ever since Jared Leto revealed a first-look of his version of the Joker, there’s been intense scrutiny on his tattoos. Some liked them, others berated them — and him. However, Suicide Squad director David Ayer wants to make it very clear that it’s not just meaningless trashy ink. No, these tattoos tell a ‘very specific story’ apparently.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, director David Ayer explained his decision to radically reimagine the famous villain: “A lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history and footprint in our world.

“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?

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He also revealed that the inspiration for the tattoos was drawn from drug lords on Instagram.

“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.”

“And even his teeth,” he added. “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.”

New footage from the film was recently released online, emphasising the humorous side. Suicide Squad hits cinemas 5 August.