[WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Suicide Squad.]
Even though director Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the next look at the evergrowing DC Cinematic Universe, writer-director David Ayer's Suicide Squad has been receiving a ton of attention. Having the debut of the new live-action Joker (played by Oscar-winner Jared Leto) is sure to get fans interested, but thanks to a couple of officially released photos which revealed highly anticipated character designs, the movie's generating a whole lot of discussions. Now that the upcoming film about Task Force X has begun filming in Toronto, Canada, plenty of photos and videos from the set have begun to pop up.
Pictures of Jared Leto's Joker haven't been in short supply. The actor and movie's director spent a fair amount of time teasing the reveal, the first officially released image got everyone talking due to the big changes to the character's design (changes which appear to be inspired by Frank Miller and Jim Lee's All-Star Batman and Robin), and there's been plenty of pictures and videos of Leto filming a scene with Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. Leto's Instagram page shows he's gained an impressive amount of muscle mass for the role - especially when considering just how skinny he was for his previous role in Dallas Buyers Club - and now a new picture of the actor going for a bike ride in New York gives us another good look at just how much he's modified his body.
Check out the image below, courtesy of Screen Rant reader Valentina Popova:
While the Clown Prince of Crime is often thought of as very skinny - and to be fair, many incarnations of the murderous Batman foe are - the DC Cinematic Universe is drawing a fair amount of inspiration from writer-artist Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, wherein Joker was quite buff. He doesn't have what it takes to out-muscle the Caped Crusader in a direct encounter, but he sure can give the hero some trouble and the two do indeed have an absolutely vicious fight in the comic.
Plus, if he's going to potentially get into a brawl with Will Smith's Deadshot - something that happened in the recent Batman: Assault on Arkham animated movie - that physique will make him more believable as a physical threat. Joker doesn't need to overpower his enemies since he often relies on tricks and dirty tactics, but seeing as Affleck's Batman is pretty muscular, the extra weight certainly won't hurt Joker's odds if he needs to square off against the Dark Knight or any of the heroes or villains in his cinematic universe.
There's plenty of pictures coming out of the Suicide Squad set of the main actors, yet a recent set of images is bringing up quite a few questions. Deadshot and Harley Quinn have been spotted standing near deformed, monstrous soldiers.
At this point, it's unclear exactly what these creatures are, but we have two guesses. The first is that these armed beings are created by actress Cara Delevingne's character, Enchantress, because she has magical abilities. One of the big rumors regarding Suicide Squad claimed that Task Force X is initially dispatched to take Enchantress down. If that's the case, it's possible she's done something to these soldiers and turned them against Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and company.
The second guess would be that these are soldiers are just the minions of the film's main antagonist, a role which has yet to be confirmed but you can read our speculation about it. Of course, with another year to go until this film's release, we'll have to wait to know for sure.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you like the new look of The Joker? What are your theories about the weird-looking soldier guys? Let us know in the comments below.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Joker image thanks to Valentina Popova