Jared Leto is taking The Fight Club approach, when it comes to discussing his Joker's potential return in the upcoming Suicide Squad 2. Considering that there has been nothing much confirmed about the film, apart from Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) saying that the Suicide Squad 2 shoot should begin in 2018, it’s no surprise to see that the Blade Runner 2049 star is staying quiet on the subject of his involvement, for now.
Leto’s decision to keep quiet about Suicide Squad 2 could be down to the fact that he was reported to have criticized the film’s editing, following its release. Several Joker scenes were reportedly filmed before being stripped from the theatrical cut of Suicide Squad, especially those involving flashbacks to the character's relationship with Harley Quinn (as played by Margot Robbie in the DC Extended Universe).
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight Canada, Leto explained:
“Talking about Joker [returning in 'Suicide Squad 2'] is like talking about Fight Club… it’s the first rule. Unless you want to gargle your testicles, it’s probably better to leave it.”
With so many characters in the eponymous squad to contend with, Leto’s role in the Suicide Squad sequel could suffer the same fate as his role in the original film - meaning, he may well not want to commit to the sequel. Of course, that doesn't exclude the possibility of Leto instead reprising Joker for a different DCEU film that's currently in development - namely, the Robbie-led spinoff, Gotham City Sirens.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer is currently set to helm Gotham City Sirens and it's plausible that he will use the film to make up for the failings of his first DCEU project - having now admitted that he thinks Joker should have been the villain in Suicide Squad. Meanwhile, Suicide Squad 2 is currently searching for a new director to replace Ayer, with The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra reported to be the current front-runner for the job.
One star who believes she is not returning in Suicide Squad 2 is Cara Delevingne, following the death of The Enchantress in the first movie. Suicide Squad 2 is under pressure to improve upon the poor critical reception for its predecessor, all the more so in the wake of the great critical response to this year's DCEU Wonder Woman movie. Leto’s Joker may yet play an important role in the sequel, of course, but first it needs to set a quality director and creative vision firmly in-place before moving forward further.
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