First Look: Jared Leto as The Joker in David Ayer's 'Suicide Squad'

April 24, 2015
Source: Twitter

David Ayer's Suicide Squad

Hahahahaha… Finally, after teasing photos of cutting the hair, David Ayer has revealed The Joker in full. Academy Award winning actor Jared Leto plays the DC villain in the upcoming movie Suicide Squad, that David Ayer is preparing to direct with one hell of a cast. Besides Leto, it has Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood, Joel Kinnaman and Cara Delevingne. This first look is primarily just a promo shot, not an actual still from the film which just started shooting this month up in Toronto. He's got plenty of nice tattoos, that signature green hair, and a purple glove. You may also remember that other reference to The Killing Joke before this Joker reveal. This is a freaky way to introduce him, but damn does he look cool.

David Ayer writes: "The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad"


See the other cast photo that Ayer tweeted recently here, and follow him @DavidAyerMovies for updates.

Suicide Squad is a DC Comics movie from Warner Bros, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch, Sabotage, Fury) from a script by David Ayer based on the comic books. Will Smith is Deadshot, Joel Kinnaman is Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie is Harley Quinn, Jared Leto is Joker, Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) plays Boomerang, Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller, Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) is Enchantress, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is supposedly playing Killer Croc. All of these characters are part of a super villain team recruited by the government for secret missions. Our friend El Mayimbe is also claiming that Ike Barinholtz is playing Dr. Hugo Strange, Adam Beach is possibly Ravan and Jim Parrack is playing Deathstroke. Lots of good DC characters featured in this one. Production starts this month up in Toronto.

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so we're going back to the more comic look...

thisguyhere on Apr 24, 2015


Am I the only one seeing too Marylin Manson into this, especially the face?? ? I don't know, let's wait for real footage but I am a bit cold about it.

Al on Apr 25, 2015


wow, I didn't see it at first but you are right.

Angry Lester on Apr 25, 2015


Good. This is good. They needed to go in a completely different direction as to avoid (heavy) comparisons with Ledger's Joker and it look like they are going balls to the wall. I really hope Leto inflects some of the Hamill Joker into his portrayal.

DAVIDPD on Apr 24, 2015


Eager to see what Jared will do with the Joker. Guess the real question is how much screen time he will have yea?

III on Apr 24, 2015


This is better then I expected. I still think it's gonna be Leto's acting that will really bring it to life. Heath's joker was visibly scary, visibly intimidating. This is definitely a different look which I like but more like a new age thug.

Franklin Carpio on Apr 24, 2015


Not feeling it. Just looks like a bit of a punk, not The Clown Prince of Crime.

Brian Sleider on Apr 24, 2015


This looks awfullllll

rickvanr on Apr 24, 2015



sod-sailer on Apr 25, 2015


I like it. They are obviously in a difficult spot because you don't want too wild of a departure just for the sake of being a 'new reinvention', but if you go too close to the way Ledger did it...then that is the only thing many people will be talking about. Leto's performance will be what truly brings this iteration home.

Chris Groves on Apr 24, 2015


I don't love it but I agree his performance is what I expect. He's a great actor

Franklin Carpio on Apr 24, 2015


This is one of the worst things I've ever seen. He looks like like a shitty cosplay. Why would the joker have tattoos that are joker references? He looks like a fucking hot topic cashier joker fanboy. I have no plans to see the movie after this. None.

Chiroptera Exsanguination on Apr 24, 2015



sod-sailer on Apr 25, 2015


well at least we all got to listen to you bitch.

Angry Lester on Apr 25, 2015


You're going to see the movie. Stop lying to yourself and all of us.

Jon Odishaw on Apr 25, 2015


Yeah I think it's great. Definitely has more of a comicy vibe. He looks insane which is totally appropriate. Remember that most everyone hated that Ledger was going to play the joker and look what happened. Hopefully we get the same kind of magic with Leto.

David Diaz on Apr 24, 2015


Looks good so far, I'll make my final judgment when I see footage of Leto in character. I can tell they're trying to avoid comparison to Ledger's joker and it works. Hopefully my expectations are satisfied. Suicide Squad.... You have my attention.

Simple Sam on Apr 24, 2015


Don't care for it, but I know his performance will be something unexpected. He knows the weight this role carries, and I have enough respect for him as an actor to believe he'll bring something interesting to the table.

grimjob on Apr 24, 2015


Leto is gonna crush this. Fuck the Marvel fanboiz!

Trey Wilson on Apr 24, 2015


Why the metal teeth?

HarryFiddleSticks on Apr 25, 2015


You have to remember that in this world Batman and the Joker have fought many time already. I like the idea that the metal teeth is because of those fights.

IamSlave on Apr 25, 2015


I hope they explain it like that and not glaze over it

HarryFiddleSticks on Apr 25, 2015


Yeah...being denied an origin story for his teeth would be a deal breaker. Dumb much?

sod-sailer on Apr 25, 2015


Well it could help making the DC movie universe a bit bigger if they explain a few things that have happened to characters before this movie started. The teeth could be a good way of doing that.

HarryFiddleSticks on Apr 25, 2015


You wanna know how I got these teeth?

Neuromancer on Apr 25, 2015


there is onley one problem and that's the legacy of ledger! But i have complete faith in Ayer! All of his movies are aboves avarage or great except sabotage,that was a lett down.

ari smulders on Apr 25, 2015


Not impressed.

Jason Scarpelli on Apr 25, 2015


well, I guess they better stop the movie, Jason Scarpelli is not impressed guys!! and that was the whole goal, you know! impress Jason Scarpelli!!

Angry Lester on Apr 25, 2015


Go back to your bridge, troll. I left some tires there for you.

Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015


I have every right to my opinion. Besides, just because I don't like a photo that is no need to act like a pathetic moron. I'm sure Leto will be great as the Joker and the movie will kick ass.

Jason Scarpelli on Apr 25, 2015


Looks more Joker henchmen / follower / fan boy. Than actual Joker if you know what I mean, kind of like male equivalent to Harley Quinn

Chris Round on Apr 25, 2015


Not sure I like the final look. I was at least expecting some scarring on the face. Like many others are saying here, it's all in Leto's hands. If he plays his cards well, he might be a kick ass joker.

Huck PS on Apr 25, 2015


Some scarring on the face just like Heath Ledger Joker? yeah, that's original.

Angry Lester on Apr 25, 2015


You want a hug, man? Lets try to change your name to "Happy Lester".

Huck PS on Apr 25, 2015


This is like Heath Ledger Deja vu all over again. The internet exploding over something that's not even the final production. Then after the movie drops they'll praise Leto on how he was better than Ledger's version.

Oblique on Apr 25, 2015


If you remember, people were happy to hear Leto would be joker. People are unhappy with how this Joker LOOKs, This is actually the EXACT opposite of what happened with Ledger.

Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015


Hating something before seeing the final product is the EXACT SAME THING

sod-sailer on Apr 25, 2015


We didn't see Ledger's Joker until the first trailer.

txJM on Apr 25, 2015


Either way...Once these fanboys see the final product I bet most of them will be singing a different tune. And then acting like they never hated on the this picture. I'm sorry people these days are just that predictable.

Oblique on Apr 25, 2015


That's what they came up with, huh. He looks like a Juggalo.

cuckoozey on Apr 25, 2015


Funny I just read that exact comment on a yahoo site. Maybe come up with something original instead of just re writing what you just read and acting like it's yours.

Angry Lester on Apr 25, 2015


Yeah, that's what I do Angry - plagiarize Yahoo comments to make comments here. Couldn't be the fact that Leto looks like a Juggalo, could it? smfh.

cuckoozey on Apr 25, 2015


As if only one person would see a Juggalo in that pic. I personally see a goon who works for joker. Not the Clown Prince of Crime.

Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015


cmon dude the man clearly has experience with juggalos

Rauncor on Apr 25, 2015


The same idiots that knocked ledger are out in full force

sod-sailer on Apr 25, 2015


Yeah, you're right. I actually appreciate Billington not writing an article which just complains like others I've read. This is definitely a Joker like no other, which is great. I haven't liked the casting choices but am now anxious to see where this goes!

Angry Lester on Apr 25, 2015


People were unhappy when they announced Ledger was going to be joker, happy when they heard Leto would be joker. People were happy when we SAW Ledgers Joker, unhappy when we see this Joker Goon. Its actually the opposite of what happened with Ledgers joker. Im willing to reserve judgement, but this is a bad first impression.

Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015


It's actually the same thing. People knocking something before ever seeing it in action. $100 says all the haters will be raving about the final product...just like with Ledger. Hence the same thing.

sod-sailer on Apr 25, 2015


Im not judging the finial performance at all. I am judging this picture. I dislike it. I like the idea of Leto as Joker, but I do not see that in this pic. This was a bad first impression. I have seen a set pic with a painted grin and smirk, was better than this.

Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015



Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015



Guest on Apr 25, 2015


I'm sure this is not enough to go on to judge a final product, but I can empathize with the concern that maybe this is the first sign of more uninspired creative decisions for this project. Will be happy to be proven wrong.

Snev De la Fontaine on Apr 25, 2015


Not the same at all. I loved the Ledger casting and told people he would be great. I'd seen a few of his movies and thought he was pretty good. I don't know about this dude's acting chops, but he looks like an idiot. I'm sorry, but nobody with any sense in impressed with tattoos anymore. Every idiot with a few bucks to spend has them...

Bl00dwerK on Apr 26, 2015


Jared Leto has the acting chops to play the JokerI am just not a fan of the look,but I am still gonna watch because I think he is a great choice for MR J

Gandalf on Apr 26, 2015


It's less about the look, and more about the performance. This is only 1% of what Leto will bring to the screen. Relax. People overreact to the tiniest of things. I'm sure Leto's performance will help most forget about the way he looks in this photo.

Quanah on Apr 25, 2015


You purists are so petty. This isnt even a promo picture or a film still. Yet u judge a whole character in a movie that hasn't even been made yet off one photo. Just chill

Torrence Anderson on Apr 25, 2015


Or most people are just judging an aspect of the concept art. Who said Leto is going to be a complete failure as a result of this? I don't see them. Just chill.

OfficialJab on Apr 27, 2015



Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


Not bad. The worst thing they could have done was make him look just like the previous Joker. Ledger owns that character forever. Clearly, this Joker isn't supposed to be the same person.

bumboclot on Apr 25, 2015


It's exactly what I thought it would be. Modern take on a character. Ayer and Leto are going to nail this bigtime. No matter what haters say...

ProjectionistHP on Apr 25, 2015


Quite interesting. My only concern is the choice of these tatoos. They look crappy and uninspired.

Butchy Butch on Apr 25, 2015



txJM on Apr 25, 2015


I really dislike the tattoos.

Nielsen700 on Apr 25, 2015


..same...nothing to do with Letos acting chops as all i'm sure he'll kill this role but the tattoos are a horrible... and pretty embarrassing.

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 25, 2015



Nielsen700 on Apr 25, 2015


"I'm a funny, quirky guy. Honestly I am!" Seems a lil desperate to be honest. The HA HA HA's are so uninspired it hurts. Did someone pick out all those tattoos in 2 minutes? I do like the concept. If it's an early draft I'd say you're headed in the right direction

Richie G on Apr 25, 2015


This has nothing to do with the character as a whole, this is about the shitty choice of those tattoos...people keep yelling about the Heath Ledger type hate but this is completely different. Everyone telling us to calm about u tf calm down. We realize this is a promo, we realize the performance is everything no shit. Having the Joker look like he got tatted in the Hot Topic break room is stupid that's all we're saying. CHOICE OF TATTOOS..we're not impressed. That is all.

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 25, 2015


you're an idiot

ErrorSapiens on Apr 25, 2015


And you are rude.

Brian Sleider on Apr 25, 2015


Don`t mind the profile copy 🙂 SallySpider is bitter still for me pwning his poor wits. 🙂 check his profile..

ErrorSapiens on Apr 25, 2015


Agreed. He looks like a dumb-ass...

Bl00dwerK on Apr 26, 2015


Yeah....but they're intentionally shitty (probably self-inflicted) tattoos, which I think adds to the character. If he had sweet, shaded and colored designer tattoos, it would be far cheesier.

TheOct8pus on Apr 27, 2015


I can almost get on board with u, and I do like where your head is at...however, self, they wouldn't look nearly as clean as they do. Honestly, It would be damn cool if he did do them himself, I think the extreme imperfection would be preferable over this look. They look like temp tats.

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


Yeah. I guess they are temp-tattoos.... hopefully he'll keep his shirt on during the movie, or at least they can make them more gnarly.

TheOct8pus on Apr 27, 2015


I love it. Listen, heroes and villains are rebooted and rewritten almost every year, especially with new writers, artists and relaunches, so I am down not seeing another Nicholson or Ledger. Different Joker for a different story.

mooreworthy on Apr 25, 2015


Can't wait for this movie. So many elements and so different than the Avengers. Ayer is good with big casts.

Snowmanfloza on Apr 25, 2015


For a second I though you wrote "Ayer is good with big cats" .....haha....

TheOct8pus on Apr 27, 2015


I like it. The tattoos are a bit cheesy but I like that they are moving in a different direction. I would be more into the HAHAHA's being scars instead of ink. Would fit the psychosis of The Joker more, in my opinion. No one wants a carbon copy of Ledger's Joker just like we didn't want one of Nicholson's Joker. I am interested in what Leto does with the role.

Maxx on Apr 25, 2015


bruh....the "HAHAHA's being scars" is fucking brilliant.

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


How many people are going to get the Ha ha ha tattoos now. I do like this image of The Joker. At least he's trying to do something different and go even more insane than Heath.

Charlie Haber on Apr 25, 2015


Another lame movie from a lame B movie director,David Ayer.he is overrated and his past movies are crap in best.

Н.И. + on Apr 26, 2015


Says the guy with a pic from a Zack Snyder movie. LOL

IamSlave on Apr 26, 2015


Do you like to use from ayer's movies? sabotage is good?!!!

Н.И. + on Apr 26, 2015


Fury, End of Watch, Harsh Times, Training Day. All good films. Snyder - 300, ? ? ? ?

IamSlave on Apr 26, 2015


Fury? star wars green laser beams and stupid nazzis?!!! Training days is directed by Antoine Fuqua!.sabotage!!!!

Н.И. + on Apr 27, 2015


Training Day was the shit. End of Watch was soooo much better than I expected it to be.

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


Wait this comic stuff confuses me sometimes, but isn't Dr. Strange from marvel? Didn't they namedrop him in Cap2?

OfficialJab on Apr 26, 2015


Hugo Strange is a Batman/DC villain, and Steven Strange is part of Marvel. Similar names, but very different "doctors"

Blake on Apr 27, 2015


Weird.... I mean, strange...

TheOct8pus on Apr 27, 2015


It's like the joker is the cousin of the "spring breakers" guy, yeah? This is his reaction upon hearing "spring break" happens every year.

tree on Apr 26, 2015


I am not a fan of the look,but Jared Leto is a great actor and could be an awesome Joker,so I will watch

Gandalf on Apr 26, 2015


My favorite thing on this website is how certain members comment on posts. You clearly have an account b/c you love the film universe and would like to stay up to date, BUT some users comment, "Dumb, No Thanks, STUPID, NO, (etc,...)". Treat this as an informative board and if you dislike something write a statement why you don't like it so people will understand. If you don't make it clear, people will just think you're being a prick. You're welcome.

Jesse on Apr 27, 2015


I'm afraid your words are falling on deaf ears, Jesse. Most of those trolls are too dumb to understand your comment

TheOct8pus on Apr 27, 2015


Thank you for at least agreeing with me? hahaha "Lets go hunt some trolls!" - New tagline I say before I make posts!

Jesse on Apr 27, 2015


My first impression wasn't complete hatred for the new take on the Joker, but it's definitely VERY different, and a little weird. The more I looked at it though, the more I started to like it... While it does have a very "vato" meets punk kinda look, I can see it growing on me. Plus, everyone hated on Ledger, and basically anyone that was ever cast as Batman or any villain of his... Now they get praise. I say... Jared Leto is a fantastic actor and David Ayer is a damn good director, let's reserve our judgements.

Blake on Apr 27, 2015


This role will come down to the performance in the end, and not the character's look.

TheOct8pus on Apr 27, 2015


silence...the idea is to troll the image...right?

GandolfsLeg on Apr 27, 2015


I'm not sure what the point of trolling for trolling sake is....but you are the wise wizard, so I'll heed to your request....

TheOct8pus on Apr 28, 2015


I've seen this photo without the tattoos using Photoshop. It looks a lot creepier.

ElP on Apr 27, 2015


can you post that? I like the idea of no tattoos at all...just a Powder-looking psycho...with green hair shotty dental work.

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


No tattoos = No tattoos white teeth = Interesting alternative photo =

ElP on Apr 27, 2015


For those interested. I'm good with calculations, and this is about 1,000,000 times better than the one they released.

OfficialJab on Apr 27, 2015


yup, prefer this

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


Is it too late to call Edgar Wright and save these movies?

capitandelespacio on Apr 27, 2015


Interesting. I'm wondering if the makeup was somewhat based on Leto's take on the character. If so, it looks like we'll get a super high energy / meth-head like take on him.

avconsumer2 on Apr 27, 2015


Is he playing a young Joker, or a young Ozzy Osbourne?

theslayer5150 on Apr 27, 2015


Love the look and I'm a kid of the 60's who grew up reading Batman comics and watching the TV series. Beats the crap out of the Jack Nicholson version and he looks like the family member that Heath Ledger's Joker was embarrased about.

Jason on Apr 27, 2015


a bit of a let-down, honestly. DC is trying too hard to be different from the previous Joker's and it doesn't look good. hopefully Leto puts in a performance that can remove some of the doubt.

ColtNoir on Apr 27, 2015


Funny Leto looks to be playing a rock star. Shouldn't be too much of a stretch.

Bounty 4 Zuckuss on Apr 27, 2015


Wait ....does joker have a grill???

Bounty 4 Zuckuss on Apr 27, 2015


I wanna see what's on his stomach

Jeff Prioleau on Apr 27, 2015


Kinda looks like the hipster who served me coffee today at Starbucks. Except The Joker has fewer face tattoos, and he's missing that guy's handlebar stache.

kevjohn on Apr 27, 2015


I can't see the Joker being so image conscious that he'd get tattoos. It does look cool but just because you CAN do a thing doesn't mean you SHOULD do a thing. Hollywood, stay true to the nature of the character and stop throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. I don't even know why DC's making a Suicide Squad movie. Was this in demand? I'd rather see David Ayer do a Doom Patrol or Creature Commandos movie.

Jonathan on Apr 27, 2015


I can't say either of those would be in demand. at least the suicide squad, in some capacity, has been mentioned recently on TV in Arrow. either way, I'm not sure any reason other than them wanting an ensemble cast type movie under their belt. losing Hardy hurts a bit.

ColtNoir on Apr 29, 2015


Ahah An article showed up with someone stating that he will not have any tattoos/metal teeth in the film. This photo was to celebrate 75 years of the Joker. But at least people got their hate out.

Maxx on Apr 28, 2015

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