The DCEU introduced Jared Leto as the new Joker in Suicide Squad, but it’s not clear what the plans are for the Clown Prince of Crime moving forward. His portrayal was undeniably polarizing, but with as little screen time as he had, it’s possible he just needs more time to grow on audiences.
Regardless, the new rumor is that he is being considered for a flashback sequence in Joss Whedon’s Batgirl movie, which, if true, would likely indicate a Killing Joke-esque backstory for the crime fighter. This would align with previous reports that Gail Simone’s New 52 run on the character is being used as the primary inspiration.
Suicide Squad 2
While Suicide Squad was a wild financial success, WB still doesn’t have Suicide Squad 2 completely figured out. Adam Cozad (The Legend of Tarzan) has been brought on to create a story treatment and Mel Gibson, Jaume-Collet Serra (The Shallows), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) are all potential directors.
According to the 4chan rumors, several villains have been considered, including Bane, Maxwell Lord, and Scarecrow. While Scarecrow was revealed in some concept art from the first Suicide Squad, there’s no knowing how well this one actually lines up with the actual plans for the sequel.
After a little drama earlier this year, The Batman has finally locked down a new director in Matt Reeves. Initial plans were to include Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, and possibly a whole host of other classic Batman villains, but Reeves negotiated total control as a part of his deal and may be starting from scratch when he finally gets to work.
The 4chan rumors say production isn’t expected to start until late 2017, and with Reeves still hard at work on War for the Planet of the Apes, it seems like a fairly obvious assessment of the situation.
Justice League 2
Until Justice League hits theaters, it’ll be hard to look forward and predict what the true plans for the DCEU’s second major team up movie are, but we’ve speculated previously that Wonder Woman could open the door for DC’s New Gods and Justice League could be sewing the seeds for a Justice League 2 inspired by Geoff Johns' Darkseid War.
According to 4chan, we may not be too far off the mark, as the work of Jack Kirby (the creator of DC’s New Gods) and Darkseid War will serve as the major inspirations for Justice League 2. Some specific New Gods such as Orion and Mister Miracle have also been considered to make an appearance.
It’s not just our own speculation that corroborates this one, either. Zack Snyder actually directly referenced a Jack Kirby and New Gods inspiration during the Justice League set visit, so this one seems like it could be a good bet.
At the end of the day, there’s no knowing just what kind of insider information (or lack thereof) this new 4chan is referencing, and some of the claims are understandably hard to verify, but a number of these possibilities are right in-line with what we already know about DC’s plans. It’s always possible the original poster simply did their due diligence when making up these rumors, but the bottom line is that nothing here seems implausible, and a number of the claims are actually really likely to be accurate.
With Wonder Woman seeing positive buzz and poised to make a big splash at the box office, it seems like Warner Bros. might want to strike while the iron is hot to announce any future plans for the DCEU, especially if it’s related to a Wonder Woman sequel, so we’ll be sure to keep you up to date as more information becomes available.
What do you think about these claims? Is this a direction you’d like to see from the future of the DCEU? Let us hear about it in the comments!
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019
- Green Lantern Corps. (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020