by Justin Cook
The first official photo of actor Jared Leto in full makeup as The Joker in DC’s upcoming Suicide Squad has been released.
David Ayer, director of the film, posted the following tweet to his Twitter account:
— David Ayer (@DavidAyerMovies) April 25, 2015
The last actor to play the Joker on-screen in a DC film was the incredible Heath Ledger, who will certainly be a tough act for Leto to follow. Ledger posthumously won an Oscar in 2009 for his performance as the character in The Dark Knight.
Going back even further, Jack Nicholson also received praise for his portrayal of the villain in 1989’s Batman.
On top of Leto, the film also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. Other actors such as Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Common, Jay Hernandez and Adam Beach will be making appearances as well, while Jesse Eisenberg is expected to return as Lex Luthor.
Suicide Squad will be released on August 5, 2016.