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REPORT: Leto Feels ‘Tricked’ by Original Pitch for “Suicide Squad’s” Joker

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REPORT: Leto Feels ‘Tricked’ by Original Pitch for “Suicide Squad’s” Joker

If you were disappointed by “Suicide Squad’s” version of the Joker, you might not have been the only one. Speaking at a 30 Seconds to Mars fan event, Jared Leto allegedly revealed that the Joker role was pitched in a different way than it ended up in the film. The report, which surfaced on a Leto fansite on Tumblr and has since been deleted, claims he felt “sort of tricked into being a part of something that had been pitched to him very differently.”

He also revealed he hadn’t yet seen the film and was “overwhelmed by all the hate regarding the look and choices.” While speaking about the film, he discussed how his contract with Warner Bros. forbade him from pursuing some of his more risky hobbies like rock climbing, concluding with, “F–k ’em.”

Since Batman-News circulated the original report, the Leto fan site has released a statement condemning the way the report was covered. “I think it’s highly problematic a media outlet such way Batman-News.com is sourcing someone’s impressions posted on a Tumblr account as some sort of fact — when no direct quotes from Jared were ever posted,” the statement reads. “It’s no secret Jared feels disappointed in what ended up being the theatrical release of ‘Suicide Squad.’ He’s discussed this repeatedly in interviews during the promotional tour in London. This is the same sentiment he shared in moments during Camp Mars — however he did say he had a lot of fun creating the Joker and needs more Joker as well.”

The next DC Cinematic Universe installment, “Suicide Squad,” stars Jared Leto as the Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Will Smith as Deadshot, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag, Jay Hernandez as El Diablo and Adam Beach as Slipknot and is now in theaters.

(via IGN and ComicBookMovie.com)

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