Suicide Squad Director Shares The Killing Joke-Inspired Photo of Jared Leto

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Following the Suicide Squad cast image from last night, director David Ayer has debuted another photo on his Twitter account showing the previously-absent Jared Leto. Joker fans will instantly recognize the photo as an homage to the cover of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s classic story “The Killing Joke.” Check it out and compare it with the actual cover image below.

Suicide Squad will also star Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Plastique, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, Ike Barinholtz, and Adam Beach. The film will hit theaters on August 5, 2016.

Originally created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru back in 1959, the group was retooled into its current iteration as villains working off their sentence by John Ostrander. The team has included countless DC villains (and heroes) among its ranks throughout the years. It’s also been a staple of recent DC media. The CW’s hit series “Arrow” introduced their own version of the team in the most recent season of the series and the recent animated film, Batman: Assault on Arkham, offered another version of the team.

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