Zazie Beetz has shared an important detail most movie buffs have been waiting for about the upcoming “Joker” movie: the new Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, isn’t sporting the grillz and ‘damaged’ tattoo that got folks upset the other time.
Recall that in Todd Phillips-directed Joker was played by Jared Leto, and the film came under fire for its controversial re-imagining of the Joker, who has a metal-filled mouth and an ink-covered body.
And as though that was not enough, Suicide Squad writer-director David Ayer took things “one step too far” by giving the Joker a tattoo reading “damaged” sprawled across the character’s forehead in cursive.
Reacting to the outrage on social media, the director-writer tweeted: “I have to fall on that sword,” and later added that he gave the charater the tattoo which was intended to tell “a very specific story” of how the Joker had his teeth beaten out by a ferocious Batman (Ben Affleck).
“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,” Ayer told Yahoo Movies. “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.”
Well, a new Joker movie is coming, this time played by Phoenix and folks are already itching to know how the character is depicted. And it is here Zazzie Beetz stepped in to calm wary nerves.
“No. And I haven’t seen any grillz up to this point,” the Joker star said at the ACE Comic Con.
And asked to divulge details about her character, she said: “I honestly don’t think I can. But it’s a really good script.”
We can’t wait!