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Ever since we learned that Jared Leto was cast as the Joker in director David Ayers’ highly-anticipated Suicide Squad, we’ve been trying to imagine what the svelte, long-locked, eternally youthful actor would look like as Batman’s most iconic foe. 

It’s probably a futile task, considering we couldn’t have have conjured up an accurate image of Heath Ledger’s Joker if you’d given us a thousand years and a gallon of LSD.

But while Ledger was famously secretive about his preparations, Leto has been providing some clues as to what we can expect from his version of Gotham’s clown prince of crime.

Last week, we learned that Leto is gaining weight for the role, because apparently he pictures the Joker as a sort of manic overweight comedian, a la Louie Anderson. (See every SNL cast ever for other examples.)

Today, another piece of the puzzle fell into place as we learned that Leto’s Joker won’t be no gosh darn hippie:

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Yes, Tree Hugger Leto has morphed back into Zoolander Leto by lopping off his famous locks.

Social media seems split on the decision. 

Some are thrilled to see that Leto is throwing it back to his days as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life. (Or the blonde in Fight Club, or the one-armed junkie in Requiem For a Dream. So many dreamy roles to choose from.)

Others are decrying the loss of one of the great man-manes in Hollywood.

Regardless of your feelings on Leto’s new ‘do, however, one thing is for sure – it’ll be a treat to see the heartthrob actor complete his transformation into one of the world’s most famous villains.