If you’re among the DC Extended Universe fans who craved more screen time for Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad, then get ready to have those cravings satisfied: Leto has reportedly agreed with Warner Bros. to reprise his take on the role for a newly-announced standalone Joker movie.
Variety reports that Leto will both executive produce and star in the still-untitled film, expanding on the character he first brought to the screen in the David Ayer-directed Suicide Squad.
The move appears to bolster Warner Bros. and DC’s commitment to expanding Suicide Squad’s most fan-favored lineup of character-actor combinations. The studio revealed late last year that it’s working on a standalone film for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, with a plot that still appears to be coalescing around Birds of Prey (although a separate Batgirl standalone movie may instead cover the same ground, once the scriptwriting process is complete.)
Plot and timeline details on Leto’s Joker movie are still unknown, as is the production and release sequence of DC’s growing roster of movie projects. “It’s…unclear if this film would shoot before or after the previously announced sequel to Suicide Squad, which is believed to go into production sometime in 2019,” Variety noted.
Leto’s character was famously (or infamously) light on screen time when Suicide Squad hit theaters in 2016, leading a lot of expectant fans wondering how such a highly-touted appearance, at least in pre-release trailers, ended up amounting to so little of The Joker in the finished product.
Even Ayer admitted he’d agonized over Leto’s scarcity in the final product, telling fans that, in hindsight, The Joker “should have been [the] main bad guy.”
Among the various upcoming projects where The Joker could appear, Leto’s film seems to complement, rather than replace, the studio’s announced Joker origin movie reportedly set to star Joaquin Phoenix, a project overseen by Todd Phillips and Martin Scorcese. “Rather,” the report states, “Phillips’ film would fall under a new origins banner” allowing for ample character crossover outside the current DC Extended Universe.
There are still plenty of questions left unanswered, but most importantly: Would you be interested in seeing more of Leto's Joker? Let us know in the comments!