‘Suicide Squad’ director celebrates The Joker’s 75th birthday with new Jared Leto photo

Gothmam's most famous villain is 75 today

Suicide Squad director David Ayer has celebrated the Joker’s 75th birthday by sharing a new photo of an in-character Jared Leto.

Ayer published the first official photo of Leto taking on the iconic role on Twitter, along with the message: “The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr. J! #Joker75 #SuicideSquad @WarnerBrosEnt @DCComics”. See the photo, and his message, below.

Ayer is due to start shooting the eagerly-anticipated film following a team of infamous DC Comics super-villains later this month (April). Alongside Leto as The Joker, Will Smith has been cast as Deadshot, Jai Courtney will play Boomerang, Margot Robbie will portray Harley Quinn and Cara DeLevigne is the film’s Enchantress. Joel Kinnaman bagged the role of Rick Flag after a scheduling clash forced Tom Hardy to pull out of the film.

Meanwhile, How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis will appear in a supporting role as Amanda Waller, a government agent who is often put in charge of the ‘suicide squad’, a team of super-villains working for the government in return for their freedom. Warner Bros. has set Suicide Squad for release on August 5, 2016.