The DC universe is mounting its assault on all things Marvel, with a army of movies on the way over the next decade. Next year sees the arrival of Batman vs Superman as well as a film called Suicide Squad.
It's a supervillain team-up written and directed by David Ayer and starring the likes of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnamon and Viola Davis and its sounding very tasty indeed. Ayer tweeted a picture the other day of most of the cast after a read through session and it was bright with stars but someone important was missing, namely Oscar-winner Jared Leto who is set to play the crucial role of The Joker.
We speculated at the time that Ayer was keeping Leto off screen for a bigger reveal at a later time and lo and behold we were right! There's now a glimpse of The Joker in the wild again from Ayers Twitter and it looks somewhat like this.
That hair is definitely green! A couple of things to note here - the image and layout is definitely inspired by the cover of Batman: The Killing Joke - a short Bat-themed graphic novel written by the great Alan Moore. It's a short tale but one that has become incredibly influential for a number of reasons, it gave The Joker a backstory which made him out to be more of a tragic character than a mere insane villain, which was a definite change from the established canon. And the short also introduced the notion of the fate of Barbara Gordon, a consequence which has been absorbed into many stories since.
It's also obvious that this is an image shot from the back of a DSLR - hence the pretty muddy quality. It also suggests that there will be a whole series of these images which have been shot and they'll be part of some glossy promotional material over the next few weeks or months. The gist is we're going to be seeing a lot more of Leto as the Joker.
It seems like a great role for the actor, so long as he doesn't fall into the post-Oscar trap of performers like Halle Berry - ie making a terrible comic-book movie at the crest of his career. All things point to Suicide Squad being a pretty great DC entry, so we'll have to hope that doesn't happen.
Suicide Squad is set for release in August 2016.