After crossing the $700 million threshold at the box office, Suicide Squad is giving fans of DC’s Extended Universe further cause to root for the underdog. The antihero assembly managed to sway audiences to the dark side, portraying some of Arkham Asylum’s biggest baddies and antiheroes in a new light. However, to many fans’ dismay, one classic heavy got short shrift in the supervillain romp – that of Jared Leto’s Joker.
Justice League casting news has been rolling out as the production continues in locations around the world. Fans are getting a bigger picture of the upcoming film, including confirmation on Deathstroke actor Joe Manganiello, as well as other supporting cast members. Many DC devotees were excited, since a recent rumor suggested the Joker would have a role in Zack Snyder’s superhero assembly – especially after his actions the final act of Suicide Squad. Fanboy super sleuth Umberto Gonzales (aka El Mayimbe), however, seems to have debunked Leto’s place in the first Justice League. He recently took to Twitter (via Comic Book), saying “sorry DC fanboys. Yesterday’s rumor that surfaced about Jared Leto being in JUSTICE LEAGUE? Unfortunately, not true. #DEADED”
Sorry DC fanboys. Yesterday's rumor that surfaced about Jared Leto being in JUSTICE LEAGUE? Unfortunately, not true. #DEADED— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 13, 2016
If the counter-rumor proves true, it looks like Leto’s Joker won’t trouble the DCEU again until Ben Affleck’s solo outing. While some fans might be disappointed, the Leaguers are already facing an invasion force of hostile Apokolyptans led by Steppenwolf, possibly with Deathstroke and Lex Luthor on their side. In fact, the overall milieu of menace in Justice League should be more than crowded, certainly packing enough enemies to cause Batman to assemble the classic superhero team – and break out his best suit.
In the long run, The Joker’s appearance would simply be one more villainous cook to clutter up the kitchen. Saving the maniacal ne’er-do-well for the Batfleck standalone would make more sense, especially since early rumors point towards a possible “Under the Red Hood” or “Hush” influence. The Bat’s next lone venture should also reveal Harley and Mr. J’s role in Jason Todd’s (aka Robin) death and establish their antagonistic rapport more effectively than a few minutes as a background player in Justice League.
At the same time, it’s still possible The Joker could have a brief moment in the superhero collab. He could also wind up as an Easter egg or post-credits button setting up the standalone Batman. No matter when he pops in, with Leto’s manic energy behind him, Mr. J’s next visit is bound to be a scream.
Suicide Squad is now playing in theaters. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman solo movie, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.