I feel you, Suicide Squad fans, because I am one of you. I saw the movie twice in theaters (2D and 3D), and I thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Plus, I love the merchandise. But once you’ve bought all the Mattel figures and their variants in order to build both versions of Killer Croc, and briefly looked at those Harley Quinn panty sets for sale in Gamestop before your wife said “No way in hell,” and even got your hands on the Jared Leto T-shirt that managed to get sold at Walmart, what’s left?
As we learned from Hot Toys, there’s always room to make up cool new stuff. When the company previewed the Batman Imposter version of the Joker at Comic-Con, we knew we needed it, but wondered if it’d actually come to life in Suicide Squad.[brightcove video_id=”5045730341001″ bright
When we saw the movie, we found that the answer was no. But how? Could the Batman Imposter Joker have been in those alleged hours of Jared Leto footage that didn’t make the final cut? Hot Toys has confirmed otherwise, saying that they let their toy designers’ “imagination run wild, and the result was an intriguing alternative vision” of the character.
Given how much smaller in frame Leto’s Joker is than Affleck’s Batman, this figure would seem to imply that the Batsuit itself is laden with padding, lest it hang really loosely. Though maybe the Joker puts on an inner suit of body armor before pulling the custom Batfleck gear over his torso and legs. You can make up any backstory you want with a variant like this. Like, maybe this is what Joker wears in the bedroom, given the way Harley Quinn seems to have wandering fantasies. It seems beside the point for the regular Batsuit’s main purposes: intimidating people (Joker’s already scary enough) and concealing a secret identity (yeah, that grin and teeth are real inconspicuous, Mistah J).
This figure is a limited-edition made available initially in Japan, but probably also available on Sideshowtoy.com and other online retailers before too long. Now, can we get Harley as Wonder Woman next? Would you buy that? Let us know in comments below, and check out the Bat-Joker gallery of images.
Images: Hot Toys