[Update: The creators of this fake Suicide Squad image have taken credit for their work.]

There’s more than a year until the arrival of director David Ayer’s highly anticipated super villain team-up, Suicide Squad, yet the early (premature?) promotional images of the cast continue to leave fans both excited, skeptical, and/or just downright furious. That division has spawned primarily from rather serious debate over the legitimacy and originality of Jared Leto’s tattoo-covered Joker.

Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning and pop culture-defining role as the Clown Prince of Crime in The Dark Knight still casts a big shadow, so it’s no surprise a radically different iteration of the iconic character received backlash. However, in the days and weeks after Ayer’s curtain reveal, many fans speculated – and hoped – the tattoos served as more of an homage to the character’s 75 year history, rather than an actual representation of his onscreen appearance.

For the time being, fans have yet another reason to speculate about allusion and reality. Courtesy of DC Live Feed, a new photo has appeared online, depicting Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn as she applies fresh ink to her ‘puddin’s’ back. We can practically hear Ledger’s spine-tingling growl: Do you want to know how I got these scars tattoos?

Check out the tweet and attached image below:

UPDATE: This image is, indeed, a well-crafted fake:

Closer look and product details for the Joker & Harley Quinn fan art Chase and I did! Thanks for all the sweet words here and on the tutorial! Products used: @crownbrush 56C- 56 color fantasy eyeshadow/contouring palette @tartecosmetics Tarteist Clay Liner @elegantlashes in #747 @Nyxcosmetics Espresso brow gel and Black Brow Mascara, Pure Red lipstick Rimmel London Rich Brown liner @Illamasqua white skin base visage Wig was the Khaleesi wig from @hairhegoes that I 'dyed', cut a little bit, and styled. Special thanks again to @ambiguous_k for modeling and @nero_sct for the tattoo gun!

A photo posted by ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ MYKIE (@mykie_) on

It’s best to take the “leaked unreleased photo” with a grain of salt, considering there has been no official confirmation from Ayer or Warner Bros. that it is in fact the real deal. Authenticity withstanding, though, the image is quite creative in how it serves as a missing piece of the puzzle to the original and provides a clever explanation as to why exactly the Joker is covered in his own iconic lore, considering Harley is his biggest fan.

This image also establishes the gleefully demented and disturbingly reverential one-sided relationship between the two lovers. While many happy couples enjoy hiking or watching movies, Joker and Harley apparently enjoy giving each other tattoos – and killing people. To each his own, right?

Joker and Harley Quinn Suicide Squad: Fan Art Shows How Joker Got His Tattoos [Updated]


More importantly, the photo (assuming it’s legit) also provides our first potential look at how Robbie’s make-up and overall Arkham Asylum-esque aesthetic will hold up next to Leto’s own. Fans have been foaming at the mouth for a live action version of Mr. J and Harles to appear onscreen together ever since Paul Dini and Bruce Timm first created the sad, sadistic therapist. That being said, this should certainly tide some over until something more official is released. And judging by Ayer and Co.’s track record, that could be any day now.

What do you think of the new photo? Is it the real deal… or just another clever joke?

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.

Source: DC Live Feed

Image Credit: Deviant Art