Jared Leto has commented on Warner Bros. developing a new Joker film that will not feature him. The 30 Seconds to Mars frontman debuted as the Clown of Prince of Crime in David Ayer’s anti-hero ensemble film, Suicide Squad, last year. Unfortunately despite Leto’s method-acting technique and the impressive resume he has, DC fans were not exactly thrilled by his portrayal. Since then, rumors of his future as the supervillain have started to spread, which got worse when news of the separate project about the character broke.
Not much is known regarding the production for the isolated Joker movie but a lot of big industry names are attached to it. Prolific filmmaker Martin Scorsese is being courted to produce the film while The Hangover director Todd Phillips is set to helm. No actor has been announced to take on the role, but recent reports claim A-list actor Leonardo DiCaprio is Warner Bros’ dream casting. With a talent roster like this, it’s no surprise that some fans are excited about the project. However, it poses a lot of other questions regarding how the project will affect the already existing DC Extended Universe, specifically Leto’s ongoing stint as the Joker.
While attending the Destiny 2 launch hosted by Bungie and covered by ODE, the 45-year-old singer/actor shared his candid thoughts with regard to the other Joker project and just like everybody else, he also seems to be clueless how everything is supposed to pan out:
“I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world and I loved the Joker, he’s a great character, a really fun character to play. It’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”
Then again, we are talking about an Academy Award winning actor so it really is hard to decipher whether what he has said is his true comments about the ongoing commotion regarding the other Joker film or not. Earlier reports suggested that Leto was caught off guard when news of the other Joker film broke, but is committed to reprising his role in more films moving forward. Thus far, he is expected to appear in the Joker/Harley spin-off opposite Margot Robbie, from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), as well as, another appearance in the fast-tracked Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens.
In hindsight, it is unfair for Leto’s performance to be judged with just one outing. Usually, even one whole film is not enough to gauge how one actor could play a role, (case in point: James Bond) let alone with very limited screen time that could only amount to a small part in an already packed movie. It would be great if he is given more opportunities that are meant to help show off his acting skills rather than just peppering him in a movie that does not give him enough space to maneuver.
At this point, the Joker origin film is still very much a mystery, even for those who are already working with Warner Bros. – like Leto. It is important to note, however, that amidst all of this, no official announcement has been released by the film studio so it is better to sit back and watch this whole thing to unfold before getting attached to any of the speculations and jump to conclusions.
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