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Jared Leto’s Joker Inspiration



Thanks to the inventive efforts of actors like Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, and Cesar Romero, a new interpretation of the Joker always comes with heavy expectations. Jared Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad is no exception, and matters are amplified by the fact that this is the actor’s long-awaited followup to his Oscar-winning comeback in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. In other words, there are several reasons to be curious about this performance—and some people are going to hilarious extremes to find out what Leto has up his sleeve.


Until now, we’ve only had one official photo (see above), a fleeting trailer glimpse, and some random behind-the-scenes shots to build our sense of the character. However, observant fans noticed that a recent paparazzi photo includes a subtle, but revealing detail—that may hold the secret to Leto’s performance. A shot of his cell phone revealed that his background image is the cover of 2011’s Detective Comics, Vol. 2 #1.


Those familiar with this 2011 comic will remember it for a gruesome conclusion that may offer a hint of things to come in Suicide Squad. “The Joker hires a man to literally carve his face off,” explains “It’s about as gross as you would imagine, and certainly one of the Clown Prince of Crime’s more twisted deeds.”

You’ll have to wait a year and a day to find out what Leto really has in store for you (Suicide Squad arrives in theatres on August 6th, 2016), but you can get a quick taste in the trailer below.