Jared Leto references classic Joker comic book cover in new Suicide Squad image

The Dallas Buyers Club actor posed with a camera in the style of his supervillain character

Yesterday we speculated that Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto had missed out on a cast read-through picture of supervillain team-up movie Suicide Squad because he was the designated photographer – and er, it turns out we were right…

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A new picture tweeted by director David Ayer today shows Leto warming up for his role as iconic Batman supervillain The Joker (last played by Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight) – and he does indeed have a camera! We’re so on it. Well, sort of.

Leto clearly hasn’t fully settled on his Joker style yet (he’s dyed his hair green but doesn’t seem to be wearing the trademark Joker clown make-up), but the picture does seem to intentionally evoke a well-known image of the villain from Alan Moore’s seminal comic The Killing Joke (below), which reflected on the characters’ mysterious origin.

It could be that the events of The Killing Joke (which also include the Joker crippling superhero Batgirl and kidnapping police Commissioner James Gordon) have some bearing on the plot of Suicide Squad, or it could just be a fun way to show off Leto’s newly-dyed locks. Either way, it’s picture perfect.

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Suicide squad will also star Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Cara Delevigne amongst the ensemble cast of baddies forced to do good (in return for reduced jail time), with Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman as the government agents tasked with keeping them in check. The film will be released in August 2016.

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