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It was no secret that Jared Leto had given his all when he was cast as Joker in Suicide Squad, so you can imagine his disappointment when the film ended up changing the tone completely and tore his Joker performance to shreds. With the Joker movie coming out and receiving a lot of praise, it apparently has left Leto upset.
The Hollywood Reporter had recently come up with this article detailing Martin Scorsese’s involvement with Joker, to which this small tidbit about Leto was also included:
Tsujihara and Emmerich greenlit Joker, which cost less than $70 million, leaving Jared Leto — who played Joker in Suicide Squad — alienated and upset by the move.
If you recall, reports were coming out back in 2016 that Leto had gone full method with Joker, demanding everyone on set call him Mr. J, and sending odd gifts to his cast mates like live rats and used condoms (among other things). Despite all his dedication, Leto’s Joker was so poorly received and a lot of people have deemed it as a horrible performance.
Personally, I thought there was a lot of potential for Leto’s Joker to be great, but it was ultimately how he was used in the movie. If you had a film where Leto would take on Batman, I’m sure he could have pulled off one hell of a performance. Now that I think about it, we haven’t seen Batman take on the Joker head on since The Dark Knight back in 2008.
We don’t know what the future holds for Leto’s Joker, but I’m hoping he gets the chance to redeem himself soon. The Joker does have a break-up with Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey, and I’m hoping he shows up for a cameo.
Joker is in theaters now, but the DCEU timeline continues with Birds of Prey which comes out Feb. 7, 2020.