Jared Leto says The Joker was inspired by David Bowie

The actor cited the late musician as an inspiration for "almost anything you could do creatively"

Jared Leto has said his version of The Joker was inspired by David Bowie.

The actor plays the character in the new Suicide Squad film, appearing alongside the likes of Margot Robbie and Will Smith.

Speaking to NME, Leto said: “I spoke to a writer and we discussed David Bowie a bit, not necessarily the music of David, but his class, his elegance, his timelessness.

“I don’t wanna say who the guy was, but he’s a famous writer in the world of DC [Comics]. Bowie was definitely one of the people we spoke about.”

He added: “I think David Bowie is probably an inspiration for almost anything you could do creatively.”

Robbie recently said she “loved” acting opposite Leto in the film.

The actress has previously explained that her character Harley Quinn is “incredibly devoted” to Leto’s Joker, saying: “They have a dysfunctional relationship, but she loves him anyway.”

To help establish the unique chemistry between the two characters, Leto famously had a live rat delivered to Robbie while they were shooting.

“I was… surprised,” Robbie recalled during an interview with Shortlist. “I was surprised! There’s an understatement!”

“I loved that stuff. Jared was doing half my work for me,” the actress continued. “Harley is very much a part of a relationship. To have such commitment from the other half made my job a thousand times easier, and a thousand times more fun. I didn’t know what was going to happen when we got on set. It’s exciting to act opposite that.”

Suicide Squad is in cinemas now.