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First image of Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad

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The internet has exploded following the reveal of actor/musician Jared Leto as The Joker in Suicide Squad. The image was released to mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic comic book villain. So without further ado, here he is (courtesy of director David Ayer's Twitter page)...

Freaky or what? The late Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight is clearly a tough act to follow but it looks like the filmmakers have done a terrific job in distinguishing Leto's take on the character. The shorter hair is in-keeping with the comic book incarnation of the character and those tattoos? Blimey. (That's not mentioning the teeth.)

Given Leto's intense performances in the likes of Requiem for a Dream, we're really looking forward to his take on this classic baddie. Ayer's DC Comics adventure gathers together a host of supervillains, including Leto's Joker, Will Smith's Deadshot and Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.

Fingers crossed Ayer's movie will add even more edge to the already brooding DC Comics universe. Suicide Squad is released on 5th August 2016. 

Don't forget that before then, DC adventure Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits our screens on 25th March 2016.