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

New Leto 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.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…