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Suicide Squad Director says ‘Stories, Easter Eggs’ are Embedded in Joker’s Tattoos

Jared Leto is the Joker in 'Suicide Squad'

If you plan on seeing Suicide Squad, be sure to pay close attention to the Joker‘s body art.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, director David Ayer explained: “The tattoos tell a very specific story… and eventually people will decipher them and understand what’s going on.”

Ayer added, “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.”

Ayer described Jared Leto’s Joker as “a little more working class, who I believe could live in our world.”

He also said he got inspiration for the Joker’s style from “drug lords on Instagram.”

“A lot of it has to do with creating a character with some kind of history and footprint in our world, and not have this sacrosanct being outside of our continuum, our reality. 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? 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.”

Suicide Squad is set to hit theaters on August 5.SuperFable