According to The Hollywood Reporter, neither James Gunn's The Suicide Squad nor Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will feature an appearance by Leto's Joker. "How do you play the Joker you established following [Phoenix]? It kind of ends his Joker run,” said one of THR's sources.
Leto made his debut as the Clown Prince of Crime in 2016's Suicide Squad. Some speculated the actor would reprise his role in Birds of Prey, though nothing was ever officially confirmed.
Recent reports stated that Leto was upset about Todd Phillips' Joker, saying the actor felt "alienated and upset by the move," with some sources claiming Leto tried to get the film canceled. The actor hasn't made an official comment.
Leto is set to portray the living vampire Morbius in an upcoming film for Sony Pictures. The character is famous for his appearances in Spider-Man comics. The film is directed by Daniel Espinosa and is set to hit theaters July 31, 2020.
The next DC film to be released is Birds of Prey, which will drop on Feb. 7, 2020. The Suicide Squad is set to premiere on Aug. 6, 2021.