Jared Leto As The Joker: First Look Reveals Tattooed Villain

The first full look at Jared Leto as The Joker has been released online.

Longtime DC Comics fans and critics excited about the Suicide Squad film can thank the film’s director, David Ayer, for the big reveal. Ayer posted the picture — which is now spreading like wildfire through the Internet — on his official Twitter page Friday night.

As seen in the picture, from the look alone, it is clear that the mentally insane side of The Joker’s character backstory will be revealed in Suicide Squad, possibly more than in any other Batman movie, TV show or animated series.

Along with the trademark green hairstyle, this particular version of the Joker has an added feature that has not been portrayed on the big screen before — tattoos. The picture only reveals The Joker’s upper torso and visible sections of his arms, but there are at least 10 different tattooed images featured on his body.

Jared Leto opened up about his approach and the preparation needed for his big-screen portrayal of The Joker.

“The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character—that’s what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right? [He’s] this beautiful disaster of a character—what a big challenge.”

Leto also mentioned that he had to drastically change his eating habits, eating every couple of hours in order to gain the weight needed to play The Joker.

Numerous fans and critics flocked to Twitter shortly after the picture of Jared Leto as The Joker was first released online to share their honest reactions and responses.

Some people absolutely love the look and are likely even more excited to see Jared Leto on the big screen in Suicide Squad next year.

Others found ways to mock and make fun of Jared Leto’s look — even to the extent of using an image from Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal in The Dark Knight.

Love it or hate it, Jared Leto is officially the next actor that will be bringing The Joker to the big-screen, following in the footsteps of Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson and Cesar Romero.

Heath Ledger the GOAT “@SuperheroFeed: The Evolution of The Joker pic.twitter.com/r5aJHEaOfL

— Jay (@KhamaelTheFirst) April 25, 2015

Excited and skeptical fans and critics alike will simply have to wait until Suicide Squad is finally released in theaters on August 5, 2016 to review his complete look, wardrobe and overall performance.

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