Martin Scorsese may be developing a Joker origin film, with another actor in the role, but that doesn't mean Jared Leto is finished with the Clown Prince of Crime.
Buried with in Deadline's initial report of the standalone project is the assertion that Leto will reprise his role from Suicide Squad in both the sequel and director David Ayer's Gotham City Sirens, the spinoff headlined by Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
Leto insisted in June that he couldn't "confirm or deny" whether he'd reunite with his Suicide Squad co-star for Gotham City Sirens, saying, "There are a lot of moving parts for that stuff, and we’ll see what happens next.”
His Joker played only a peripheral role in Suicide Squad, contrary to what the film's marketing led fans to believe. Ayer admitted in January, months after the film's release, that he wished he'd made the Joker the primary antagonist. “Wish I had a time machine,” he said. "I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer and engineer a more grounded story.”
The sequel has yet to lock down a director, despite the expectation that production will begin in mid-2018. Inspired by the DC Comics series of the same name, Gotham City Sirens will team Robbie's Harley Quinn with Catwoman and Poisony Ivy.