Jared Leto blasts ‘hype’ surrounding his future as the Joker, says he’s ‘proud’ to be part of the DCEU

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Aug 24, 2017, 5:39 PM EDT

Don't question Jared Leto's future as the Joker. While there may be a Joker origin story movie in development that somewhat sidesteps the continuity of the DCEU, Leto remains committed as ever to a role he says has been "an incredible experience" and "really amazing." He also directly called out the culture of "hype" — and another choice word — surrounding the current superhero movie landscape.

On the Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O, Leto was interviewed over the phone when Kyle brought up a rumor that he wouldn't be doing the Joker again.

"No, no, no, no, there's so much hype and so much bulls**it around that, I think it's just a fun thing to talk about," Leto said, dismissing the question. "Even when the movie [Suicide Squad] came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the method acting crap. It's just, you know, 90 percent of it was not even true. It just takes on a life of its own."

The actor went on to reiterate that he loved playing the Joker in Suicide Squad, and he's happy to be a part of the DCEU.

"It was an incredible experience! Everybody was amazing. Margot Robbie [Harley Quinn], one of the nicest people, one of the best actresses I've ever worked with. I really loved working with her. I thought the scenes, and what we did together was some of the most fun I've ever had on a set before," Leto said, praising his costar. "Everything's great in that world, and I'm really proud to be a part of it."

Rumors likely kicked up because of the Joker origin movie being made under a new DC Films initiative that will explore characters and situations not directly connected to the DCEU — the actual shared universe of films — much like many miniseries and graphic novels, especially those in the old Elseworlds line, didn't connect to the central stories in DC Comics.

Nonetheless, news also dropped that a Joker & Harley film centered just on the pair is also in the works, positioned as a film to come after Suicide Squad 2, which should feature both characters heavily (SPOILER: they ran off together at the end of the first).

Today is a day of clarification after a few days of headline-grabbing news surrounding DC Films' slate, as The Batman director Matt Reeves took to Twitter to also clarify a rumor and make sure fans know that his film does exist inside the larger DC Universe, and is not a stand-alone.