Jared Leto as The Joker: Actor fuels The Killing Joke rumours in new Suicide Squad photo

Leto has the tough task of following the late Heath Ledger into the role

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Jared Leto is continuing his one-man mission to give us all the serious creeps by posting yet another photo of himself as the ultimate psychopathic baddie.

The Oscar-winning actor will play The Joker in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and upcoming supervillain movie Suicide Squad and, in his most recent picture, is seen wearing a hat that looks very like the one worn by the character in comic Batman: The Killing Joke.

Leto's previous shots give more away (the latest is just a silhouette), with one particularly striking image showing him with green hair holding a camera in a pose that mirrors the cover of The Killing Joke.

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DC Comics' supervillain The Joker

Fans have taken these teases to mean that there must be plot similarities between the comic and The Joker's storyline in the movie.

Jena Malone is rumoured to be playing Barbara Gordon in Batman v Superman and will likely meet a grisly fate if the comics are anything to go by.

In The Killing Joker, he shoots Barbara, strips her naked and takes photos of her bleeding to show to her father Commissioner Gordon, who he then kidnaps. Lovely. Oh and he was wearing the hat in the above picture when he shot her.

Leto can be heard growling "Oh I'm not gonna kill you, I'm just gonna hurt you really, really bad" in the first look teaser clip shown at Comic-Con, as an eerie cover of Bee Gees hit "I Started a Joke" begins to play, which just makes us even surer that we're all going to be having nightmares next summer.

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is released on 25 March 2016, with Suicide Squad set to follow on 6 August 2016.

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