If WB’s recent announcements of a DCEU film starring the Joker and Harley Quinn along with a standalone, non-DCEU, Joker origin story set in the 80’s is confusing to you, you’re not alone. Our current Clown Prince of Crime from Suicide Squad, Jared Leto, has spoken about the bizarre news from Burbank.
“I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world. 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.”
For those of you just playing catchup, in DC’s cinematic universe (the DCEU), Jared Leto is the Joker. He first appeared in Suicide Squad and is the canonical version of the character in those films (past, present, and future).
However, Warner Bros. also wants to make a separate, non canonical, standalone Joker film that does not have Jared Leto in it. In other words, they want two cinematic versions of the Joker to exist on screen at the same time. Like I said, bizarre.
With rumors floating around that Leto was unhappy with how much of his screen time was cut from Suicide Squad, saying he did enough scenes for a whole Joker movie, yet only about 12 minutes of footage made the final cut, many thought that his continued participation would be in question.
It is good to see that Leto is still invested and excited about the character and his words are very positive. With great performances by Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger, it’s true that no one person is greater than the character. After all, the character has been around almost as long as Batman himself, so fresh new interpretations are needed and welcome from time to time. But, for now, our DCEU Joker will remain Jared Leto.
Between the Joker and Harley Quinn film, Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2, and The Batman, it’s difficult to say when we will see Leto’s Joker next, but keep it to Dark Knight News to find out!
Also, Warner Bros., just a friendly reminder that we already have a Joker origin film that was set in the 80’s. It was directed by Tim Burton and called Batman. Just saying.