This terrifying photo of Jared Leto is breaking the internet

From Jack Nicholson to the late Heath Ledger, there have been some incredibly memorable performances of infamous Batman villain The Joker, but it looks as if Jared Leto might be about to take the character to another level.

That is, if the first official photo of him from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie is anything to go by.

The movie’s writer, David Ayer, took to social media this weekend to share the first sneak peek at what we can expect from Leto as The Joker, and it is everything we hoped for and feared.

“The Suicide Squad wishes you a Happy Anniversary Mr J!” wrote Ayer, posting a photo of a near-unrecognisable Leto with Joker’s trademark green hair and purple glove.

Inked-up with ‘ha ha ha’ tattoos, with ‘damaged’ emblazoned across his forehead, it’s the Oscar-winning actor’s crazed expression that has sent chills down our spines today.

Suicide Squad is set for release in August of next year and features a stellar cast of Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Leto.

If this first look at The Joker is anything to go by, this movie is going to be pretty epic.