If you were among those who were interested in Jared Leto getting a haircut, you probably care about his finished appearance as The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. What will he look like other than an absence of hair that reaches down to his back? How much weight will Leto have to pack on?
According to Latino-Review’s Instagram feed, Ayer is pulling from The Dark Knight Returns in that Joker will have a big, broad-shouldered suit, but the character is also said to be “lean & scarred”, so I’m not exactly sure how that suit is going to fit him. The Joker in Dark Knight Returns is a big guy, and Leto would have to pack on a lot of muscle if that’s the look they’re going for.
LR goes on to say “Joker works out in his cell like an inmate when he is interrogated by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). He’s doing hand stand push ups so it makes sense that Jared Leto said he is putting on weight. He’s definitely not skinny, but in fact more muscular.”
It sounds like Leto is going for the standard, ripped physique of every other leading action star today. He won’t be Schwarzenegger bulky, but he won’t be wiry either.
Far more interesting is LR’s note that Joker has bleached skin, and not make-up, which is delightfully extreme, and could look incredibly cool if its done right (if it’s done wrong, he’ll just look like an albino).
Moving into spoiler territory, LR says that this Joker has killed plenty of people, including one of Batman’s sidekicks (this would fit with the Dark Knight we see in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, who is older and more experienced).
LR also says, Joker and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) will have a few interactions with sinister psychologist, Hugo Strange. No casting has been announced for Strange, and that seems like an odd thing to keep under wraps. It’s possible they haven’t cast the role yet, so we’ll see if this, or any of these rumors, comes to fruition.
Suicide Squad opens August 5, 2016, and also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, and Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg.