Frank Miller's seminal comic book miniseries The Dark Knight Returns, which was turned into a 2-part animated movie back in 2012, is said to have heavily influenced Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If we're to believe a new rumor, that style will also carry over to David Ayer's Suicide Squad, with Jared Leto taking a page from that book. This follows a previous statement from the actor himself, who said he is 'bulking up' for the role.

Last week, Jared Leto got his hair cut for The Joker role, with a style reminiscent of the 'Batman Endgame' comic. Now, Latino Review claims that the villain will look like The Joker from The Dark Knight Returns, wearing a big, broad shouldered suit with bleached skin, no make-up. There is also a mention of Hugo Strange being in the movie, though no casting has been announced yet. They go onto explain in detail about the character:

Leto's Joker is most definitely based on The Dark Knight Returns version. He's lean & scarred but his suit does have broad shoulders. Joker works out in his cell like an inmate when he is interrogated by Amanda Waller. 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. He has bleached skin not make up. #SPOILER - He's killed one of Batman's sidekicks, there is a lot of references to his past crimes. He kills a lot of people. HUGE #RUMOR - I'm also told The Joker has a lot of scenes with HUGO STRANGE! He's the psychiatrist at the prison & seems to be a part of the story yet I heard nothing of casting or mention of a single casting choice. Hugo Strange has quite a few interactions with the Joker & Harley Quinn. It's not the regular security. It's internal one on one thing.

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In an early interview with Jared Leto, he revealed that he was eating a lot to pack on extra pounds for his Suicide Squad character, which fits in with this description. It is not yet clear exactly how much weight the actor plans to put on, but he has been known to go to extremes for a role, winning an Oscar playing Rayon, a fictional trans woman with HIV in Dallas Buyers Club. The part required him to lose quite a bit of weight, and it sounds like he will do what is needed to bring this take on The Joker to life. Whether he'll be as big as Frank Miller depicts him in the comic, or if he'll have a standard action star physique, one thing is clear, he won't be wiry. What do you think? Is this the right way to go?

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