Recent reports have suggested Jared Leto will be back as the Joker in both Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens, but and the actor himself has now come forward to reaffirm his claim to the Joker role.
When Leto was asked what he thought about recent rumors that he was done playing the Joker, the actor’s response was straightforward.
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“No… There’s so much hype and bullshit about [what happened with Suicide Squad], but I think it’s just a fun thing to talk about.” Leto said. “Even when the movie came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the ‘method acting’ crap — it’s just that 90% of it wasn’t true, and you can’t even… It takes on a life of its own.”
Leto explained that he loved his time filming the DC Comics adaptation, and praised Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie.
“It was an incredible experience, everybody was amazing,” Leto said. “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.”
It’s reported that the Joker origin movie, which will be produced by Martin Scorsese and set in the 80’s, will be the first under a new banner created by Warner Bros. that will house DC Comics adaptations that aren’t part of the main continuity. 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. But given the jump back in time and potential for greater creative license, Leto’s absence in the film could have little consequence.
Even the upcoming Batman movie was subject to speculation of its own. After comments made by director Matt Reeves, it was believed that his take on Bruce Wayne would too exist out of the DC Extended Universe. Reeves cleared up the situation in a series of tweets, insisting it’ll be a standalone movie but exist in the overall universe.
The Suicide Squad sequel has yet to lock down a director, though 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.
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