Fans Can't Stop Comparing Bill Skarsgård's ‘The Crow’ Remake Look to Jared Leto’s ‘Joker’

Director Rupert Sanders said he got inspiration from modern stars "like Post Malone and Lil Peep."

Bill Skarsgård in a brown coat over a green turtleneck, with a focused expression, standing in front of a blue background with soft lights
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Bill Skarsgård in a brown coat over a green turtleneck, with a focused expression, standing in front of a blue background with soft lights

Some people are getting déjà vu over newly released photos from The Crow.

On Wednesday, fans got a first look at images from Rupert Sanders’ upcoming remake starring Bill Skarsgård as Eric Draven in the role made famous by the late Brandon Lee, plus FKA Twigs as Shelly Webster.

The first look at Bill Skarsgård & FKA twigs in ‘THE CROW.’

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Another photo of Skarsgård as his resurrected, gothic-esque Crow character was part of today’s reveal, but it has some movie fans drawing unexpected comparisons to Jared Leto’s take on the Joker as seen in 2016’s Suicide Squad and Zach Snyder’s Justice League cut. Sanders himself said he drew inspiration from people "like Post Malone and Lil Peep."

The original 1994 Crow film was a major hit and Sanders made it clear to Vanity Fair that his new film is an entirely different take, but also considers it somewhat of a tribute to Lee, who died during production of the film in 1993 after he was shot with a prop gun.

“Obviously, it was a terrible tragedy, and it’s definitely something that we’ve always had in mind through the making of the film,” Sanders told the publication. “Brandon was an original voice and I think he will always be synonymous with The Crow and I hope he’s proud of what we’ve done and how we’ve brought the story back again. His soul is very much alive in this film. There’s a real fragility and beauty to his version of the Crow, and I think Bill feels like he is a successor to that.”

As far as Skarsgård's look, Sanders shared, “I think the beauty of Bill is that he has a disturbing beauty, and as he transforms through his loss he becomes this thing that even he can’t control. It’s that famous line: ‘Whoever fights monsters must be careful that they don’t become one.’ That look was me in the ’90s when we were squat-raving in London, [mixed with some modern influences] like Post Malone and Lil Peep. I hope people who are 19 today look at him and go, ‘That guy is us.’”

The Crow will hit theaters June 7. See X users' reactions to Skarsgård's appearance below.

Can we stop the “Suicide Squad Joker” tattoo thing? No one does it right and then you end up with a nipple eye tattoo.

— Byrd (@Byrdman778) February 28, 2024
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Like half the appeal of The Crow is how cool he looks. Now he looks like that fucking Florida Joker from GTA. What is this shit.

— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) February 28, 2024
Twitter: @RobbieBarstool

Some dude in southern Indiana just found their new gimmick

— Zombie HF (@HoodFoot418) February 28, 2024
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FIRST LOOK: Bill Skarsgard as The Crow

— brain depalma (@boner_pilled) February 28, 2024
Twitter: @boner_pilled

FUCCCKKKKKK the crow is gonna turn into the new version of the joker where every white man without a personality will emmulate it to seem edgy noooooooooooo

— gargoyle king (@enbygreenbean) February 28, 2024
Twitter: @enbygreenbean

Ditching the classic Crow look the same week Sting is due to retire. Full circle in a kinda sad way.

— Siddhant Adlakha (@SiddhantAdlakha) February 28, 2024
Twitter: @SiddhantAdlakha

Im just sitting here dying laughing at that one tattoo that uses his nipple as an eye

— 𝚋𝚛𝚘𝚠𝚜𝚎 𝚑𝚘𝚛𝚛𝚘𝚛🦇 (@BrowseHorror) February 28, 2024
Twitter: @BrowseHorror


— 🔆Trickywi🌴 (@Trickywii) February 28, 2024
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