Jared Leto has clarified that he's committed to playing The Joker again in future DCEU movies. After the character was teased in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Joker made his DCEU debut in last year's Suicide Squad, with Leto reinventing the role. From the performance to the costume and make-up, fans were split over the new version of the character. Still, it was assumed that Leto would return as the Joker in one or more future DCEU films, given the popularity of the character in general.
With Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens both moving forward, the expectation is that Leto will make some appearance as The Joker in both films. It also since been reported that early development is now underway on a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, in addition to the aforementioned DCEU films. With Margot Robbie all lined up to play Harley Quinn again in at least two, if not all three, of those movies, Leto has now confirmed that he intends to reprise his own DCEU role too.
Jared Leto called into Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O, where he was asked about his future as the Joker in the DCEU. In the brief clip from the show (see below), the actor confirms that he is proud of the character and that any rumors he's leaving the role are not to be believed:
— Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo) August 22, 2017
Fans will likely be happy to hear this assurance from Leto. Back in June, the actor wouldn't comment on Gotham City Sirens and his potential involvement, nor has he been willing to comment on his involvement with Suicide Squad 2, before now. Meanwhile, that news that a non-DCEU Joker origin film being in the works only further fueled rumors that Leto is leaving his DCEU role. For the time being, that does not appear to be the case after all.
Of course, nothing in Leto's comments explicitly confirm which movies he will return for in the future. It has only just been reported this week that Leto will be in both Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens, possibly in addition to the Joker/Harley movie that's now making its way down the pipeline. The hope is that more concrete information about all of these DCEU projects will be coming sooner, rather than later, and give us a better idea of when we can expect to see Leto's Mr. J back in action.
Source: Kyle and Jackie O
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