A Joker movie starring Jared Leto is officially happening! Much like how Warner Bros. stressed a year ago that that film did not mean Leto was out as the Clown Prince of Crime in the DCU, it would seem Phillips' film isn't off the table either. Yet.
Actor Jared Leto's incarnation of Batman villain The Joker is getting his own movie.
According to the piece, the idea is in the same vein as the Margot Robbie-headed Birds of Prey movie, one that will "expand on the world created by Suicide Squad and tie into future installments of that property". Only a few months ago, we heard reports that Joaquin Phoenix was set to play the Joker himself, with director Todd Phillips in charge of that production.
U.S. actor Jared Leto poses as he arrives to attend the European premiere of the film Suicide Squad in central London on August 3, 2016. The studio's new direction means multiple actors can star as different versions of the same character without overlap.
"Squad" directed by David Ayer, grossed $746 million but was panned by critics in large part because Leto's character was used to hype the film, but his final role was considered by many to be a glorified cameo. Now both Leto and the studio are in search of a writer.
So wait a minute...how many individual, concurrently made Joker movies do we need?
A Suicide Squad sequel is also in the post, due to go into production in 2019, and that's aside from the now in-development The Batman from Matt Reeves, helmsman of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes.