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We now have our first good look at Jared Leto as the Joker for the upcoming "Suicide Squad" film, and even for the "Clown Prince of Crime," it's out there.
The film's director David Ayer revealed the image on Twitter, and it kinda looks like he is toeing the line between psychotic serial killer and the frontman for a death metal band.
And many people don't seem too keen on it, with most of the criticism centering on all those tattoos.
If scrawling a character's iconic slogan all over his body isn't a bit much, literally putting a label that says "Damaged" on his forehead certainly is. I think we get it — the guy's a psycho.
So, first impressions to the image make it seem like the creative team behind "Suicide Squad" is trying a bit too hard to reinvent the character. But it's not hard to see why they could be overcompensating.
The Joker already has had plenty of on-screen adaptions, including Jack Nicholson's take on the villain in Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman" film. It will also be pretty hard for "Suicide Squad" to escape the shadow of Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in "The Dark Knight" from 2008.
We should also keep in mind that this is only our first glimpse of the character. One Twitter pic doesn't really give us enough to make a final judgment on Leto's Joker.
Plus, it's not like anyone predicted that Ledger's portrayal of the Joker would turn out the way it did, so who knows what Leto could do with it.
Regardless, "Suicide Squad" looks like it might be a pretty unique take on the super-hero genre.
Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Common are to star alongside Leto as super-villains doing work for the U.S. government in exchange for commuted prison sentences. That film is set to hit theaters in 2016.
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President Barack Obama delivered his White House Correspondents' Dinner speech with the help of a surprise guest – his "anger translator," Luther, aka Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central's "Key & Peele."
Scroll down to read the transcript:
Obama: Anyway, as always, I want to close on a more serious note. You know, I often joke about tensions between me and the press, but honestly, what they say doesn’t bother me. I understand we’ve got an adversarial system. I’m a mellow sort of guy. And that’s why I invited Luther, my anger translator, to join me here tonight.
Key: Hold on to your lily-white butts!
Obama: In our fast-changing world, traditions like the White House Correspondents’ Dinner are important.
Key: I mean, really! What is this dinner? And why am I required to come to it? Jeb Bush, do you really want to do this?!
Obama: Because despite our differences, we count on the press to shed light on the most important issues of the day.
Key: And we can count on Fox News to terrify old white people with some nonsense! That was ridiculous.
Obama: We won’t always see eye-to-eye.
Key: And, CNN, thank you so much for the wall-to-wall Ebola coverage. For two whole weeks, we were one step away from “The Walking Dead.” Then y’all got up and just moved on to the next day. That was awesome. Oh, and by the way, if you haven’t noticed, you don’t have Ebola!
Obama: But I still deeply appreciate the work that you do.
Key: Y’all remember when I had that big old hole in the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, and then I plugged it? Remember that? Which Obama’s Katrina was that one? Was that 19 or was it 20, because I can’t remember.
Obama: Protecting our democracy is more important than ever. For example, the Supreme Court ruled that the donor who gave Ted Cruz $6 million was just exercising free speech.
Key: Yes, it’s the kind of speech like this. I just wasted $6 million.
Obama: And it’s not just Republicans. Hillary will have to raise huge sums of money, too.
Key: Aww, yeah, she’s going to get that money! She’s going to get all the money! Khaleesi is coming to Westeros! Watch out! Woo!
Obama: The nonstop focus on billionaire donors creates real problems for our democracy.
Key: And that’s why we’re running for our third term!
Obama: No, we’re not.
Key: We’re not?
Key: Who the hell said that?
Obama: But we need to focus on big challenges like climate changes.
Key: Hey, folks, if you haven’t noticed, California is bone dry. It looks like a trailer for the new “Mad Max” movie up in there. Y’all think that Bradley Cooper came here because he wants to talk to Chuck Todd? He needed a glass of water! Come on.
Obama: The science is clear, the science is clear. Nine out of the 10 hottest years ever came in the last decade.
Key: Now I’m not a scientist, but I do know how to count to 10.
Obama: Rising seas, more violent storms.
Key: You got mosquitoes, sweaty people on the trains stinking it up. It’s just nasty!
Obama: I mean, look at what’s happening right now. Every serious scientist says we need to act. The Pentagon says it’s a national security risk. Miami floods on a sunny day and instead of doing anything about it, we’ve got elected officials throwing snowballs in the Senate.
Key: OK, I think they got it, bro.
Obama: It is crazy! What about our kids? What kind of stupid, short-sided irresponsible bull —
Key: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
Key: All due respect, sir, you don’t need anger translator. You need counseling. And I’m out of here, man. I ain’t trying to get into all this.
Key: He crazy.
Obama: Luther, my anger translator, ladies and gentlemen.Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:16:38 -0400
"It is great to be here at the Washington Hilton — is something a prostitute might say to a congressman," Cecily Strong said.
Strong was the headliner at the 2015 White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday night, and we just have one question for her: How did we get from this …
“I don’t want to be mean,” Strong told CNN.
... to this?
"I still see so many negative portrayals of black and gay people out there. I mean, it’s 2015 and we still have TV characters like Don Lemon. It’s ridiculous," Strong said.
"I guess the most surprising thing is that a guy named Tom Cotton is a U.S. senator and not a rabbit from a racist Disney cartoon," Strong said.
Strong went no-holds-barred during her performance, going after media organizations, Republican presidential hopefuls — and even the president himself.
“Your hair is so white now it can talk back to the police,” Strong said to President Barack Obama.
As retired ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton put it, she was an equal opportunity skewerer at the annual dinner.
While she made plenty of people visibly unnerved, she did get — what sounded like — unanimous praise from the crowd for this Hillary pledge.
"I want all the media to put their hands up and swear something for this election season. I solemnly swear ... not to talk about Hilary's appearance ... because that's not journalism," Strong said.
Whatever you thought of Strong’s performance, I think we can all agree she had a pretty tough act to follow.
“That’s why I invited Luther, my anger translator to join me here tonight,” Obama said.
“Hold on to your lily-white butts,” Keegan-Michael Key said.
Strong was only the fourth woman to host the White House Correspondents’ Dinner since it began in 1920.
This video includes images from Getty Images.Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:05:45 -0400 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories