The past couple weeks have been filled with Joker news, from the announcement of a Joker origin film to the reports of a Harley Quinn and Joker spinoff. Now, Suicide Squad star Jared Leto -- who played the Clown Prince of Crime -- has weighed in on all the news.
"I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world," Leto told ODE. "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."
According to earlier reports, the Joker origin movie -- which will be produced by Martin Scorsese and set in the '80s -- is set to be developed under a new banner created by Warner Bros. that will house out-of-continuity DC Comics adaptations. The film reportedly looks to bring in a younger actor for the lead role, a move that some thought might signal the end of Leto’s tenure as the Clown Prince of Crime. Given the jump back in time, Leto’s absence in the film could have little consequence.
In another recent interview, Leto explained that he loved his time filming Suicide Squad and praised his co-star, Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie. “It was an incredible experience, everybody was amazing,” the actor shared. “Margot Robbie [is] one of the nicest people — one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with, and I really loved working with her. I thought the scenes of what we did together were some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a set before… Everything’s great in that world, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
In addition to the untitled Harley Quinn and Joker project, Leto is slated to appear in the Suicide Squad sequel. He is also rumored to make an appearance in Gotham City Sirens.
The Suicide Squad sequel is now circling a director and Warner Bros. has fast-tracked the movie in hopes of getting it in theaters in 2019. Inspired by the DC Comics series of the same name, Gotham City Sirens would team Robbie’s Harley Quinn with Catwoman and Poison Ivy.