First 'Suicide Squad' photo of Jared Leto as the Joker is a classic callback!

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First 'Suicide Squad' Cast Photo Is Here!


The first photo of Suicide Squad star Jared Leto as the Joker is here, and it's a classic Batman tribute!

Director David Ayer tweeted the pic on Thursday, which shows Leto donning the Joker's signature green hair and holding a camera, a reference to the cover of Batman: The Killing Joke, one of the most critically-acclaimed graphic novels featuring the famous villain.

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The Killing Joke, which features an origin story that describes the villain as a failed stand-up comedian who is driven insane after being disfigured and defeated by Gotham's hero, is considered by many to be the definitive Joker story and one of the best Batman stories ever published.

Leto was not pictured in the cast photo Ayer snapped at a read-through on Wednesday, prompting many to wonder where he was and even suggesting that he was the one who snapped the photo. But this new pic – complete with the #WhereIsJared hashtag – will certainly whet the appetites of DC fans everywhere.

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First 'Suicide Squad' photo of Jared Leto as the Joker is a classic callback!
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UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Jared Leto (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 18: Actor Jared Leto arrives from New York City on October 18, 1998 at the Los Angeles International Airpot in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 29: Jared Leto and Robert Downey Jr. during filming of 'Black and White' at Lot 61. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 29th October 1998: Actors Jared Leto and Robert Downey Jr. during the filming of 'Black and White' at Lot 61. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 29th October 1998: Actors Jared Leto and Robert Downey Jr. during the filming of 'Black and White' at Lot 61. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Jared Leto and Frederic Cumemal, President of Dom Perignon (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for PMK/HBH)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 2: Actor Jared Leto arrives at the International Launch of Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 1996 Champagne by Karl Lagerfeld on June 2, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Jared Leto (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Jared Leto (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Jared Leto (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Jared Leto (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Jared Leto attends the 'Seven' New York City Premiere on September 15, 1995 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Jared Leto attends the 'Casino' Hollywood Premiere on November 16, 1995 a tthe Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jared Leto, Kennedy & Dweezil Zappa (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Jared Leto File Photo from 1995 (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Jared Leto poses in the press room at the 86th annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (L-R) Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto pose in the press room at the 86th annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04: Jared Leto is seen at LAX airport on March 04, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Jared Leto poses at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Eddie Redmayne, winner the Hollywood breakout performance - actor award, left, and Jared Leto pose in the press room at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Palladium on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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