The mag has yet to release it officially, but the cover to the next issue of Empire features a brand new image of Jared Leto as the new incarnation of The Joker for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad adaptation.
Though we’ve had that first official pic, plenty of set snaps and a terrifying glimpse of the character in the trailer, this represents our most complete look yet at Leto’s incarnation of the Clown Prince of Crime yet.
This new take on the Joker was heavily criticized by some fans for veering too far away from his more traditional comic book visage – the tattoos in particular made for quite a bit of backlash – but many seem to have gotten a bit more used to it over the last few months. Plus, this latest pic offers a couple of additions that should please the purists, like the purple leather coat and cane.
Suicide Squad also stars Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Adam Beach as Slipknot and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo. The movie is set to hit theaters next August.
Tell us, what do you think of Leto’s Joker? Too OTT, or a welcome shake-up for Batman’s most infamous foe? Sound off in the comments section.