Jared Leto Gets Ripped to Play the Joker in Suicide Squad

Jared Leto, who cut his acting teeth at Philly’s University of the Arts, is packing on pounds and muscle for his role as the Joker in director David Ayer’s upcoming Suicide Squad. He offered a sneak peek at his new buff bod in an Instagram photo on Tuesday.

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Looks more like Superman, huh? Over the weekend, Ayer posted the first official photo of Leto, 43, in full Joker gear, which, somehow, doesn’t find the actor looking quite so ripped. He is, however, decked out in tattoos, metal chompers and the Joker’s iconic green locks:

Warner Bros. / DC Entertainment

Warner Bros. / DC Entertainment

Suicide Squad, which also stars Philly’s Will Smith, opens in theaters on August 5, 2016.