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Twitter’s 5 Best Responses to Jared Leto’s Joker

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Comic book fans are notoriously hard to please. Any deviation from the source material — or adaptive visions in their heads — is usually met with apoplectic fury. (Take a look at how comment sections descended into madness when Heath Ledger’s casting in The Dark Knight was announced.) Generally, though, folks tend to come around once the film is released and they see for themselves what the filmmakers were going for.

This does not appear to be one of those times.

While the initial casting announcement and first leaked photo were largely met with indifference or open-minded shrugs, the latest photo of Jared Leto as The Joker in DC Comics’ upcoming Suicide Squad hasn’t received as warm of a welcome. More accurately, not since Nic Cage as Superman has a pre-production photo earned such merciless derision.

Opting for a more Hot Topic-inspired villain with shockingly literal tattoos, the movie’s production team has incurred the wrath of every snark-slinger on Twitter. Between the sarcastic comments and brutal Photoshop parodies, there’ll presumably be a few board meetings over at Warner Bros. this week.

Here are the best reactions Twitter had to offer:

1. The Home Alone Angle

One look at the gaping mouth scream with hands planted on either side of the head, and the comparison to Macaulay Culkin’s classic Home Alone pose isn’t too big of a stretch. Pasting Leto onto the poster of the 1990 movie, Krispin Wah proves the problems don’t begin and end with the tattoos.


2. The Tattoo Angle

But the tattoos are clearly an issue, as perfectly encapsulated by this animated short courtesy of FilmCow. Not only antithetical to the character we all know, the ink murals are hilarious examples of what an out-of-touch executive would think a hip, edgy villain would get. Seriously, “Damaged”? Come on.


3. The ’90s X-Treme Angle

There’s a definable “X-treme” quality to the new Joker, as if he was torn from the cover of a Trapper Keeper or a 1992 issue of Nintendo Power. In fact, Mike LeMieux noticed the similarity to a Nintendo Game Boy ad found in early-’90s gaming mags and pasted the “mega-intense grafix” alongside a fitting pose.


4. The Classic Joker Angle

What defines The Joker? Well, if you’ve never cracked a comic book: jokes, laughing, the letter J, and a forehead description by way of emo song titles. And as ridiculous as it seems on a modern-day Joker, the results are even more absurd when applied to a classic Joker — like Nick Acosta’s image of a tatted Cesar Romero.


5. The Equivalent Batman Angle

Seeing as how the Joker is regularly depicted as Batman’s polar opposite, what would Bruce Wayne’s tats be like? What would his forehead mission statement be? How would he stylize his caricature? And for the love of God, would the font be edgy and extreme?!?! Jason Anarchy took a shot at what an equivalent Batman would look like without his franchise-saving shirt on.

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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