Following on from word this week of not one but two new Warners-DC films in the works featuring The Joker, actor Jared Leto has implied that he’s returning for at least one of them.
Leto first took on the role in “Suicide Squad” last year, but famously had very little screen time in the final film. During production came multiple stories about his eccentric behaviour on set, and after the film’s release there was talk of him being upset over how his role had been significantly cut back. They even went so far as suggesting he wouldn’t be back for the sequel.
Speaking with Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O this week, Leto seemed to re-affirm his commitment to the role and dismissed all the media reports about his conduct:
“There’s so much hype and bulls–t about that. I think it’s just fun to talk about. Even when the movie came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the method acting crap. 90% of it was not even true, it just takes on a life of its own.
It was an incredible experience. Everybody was amazing. Margot Robbie, one of the nicest people and one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with, and I really loved working with her. I thought the scenes and what we did together was some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a set before. But everything’s great in that world, and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
With “Suicide Squad 2” on a fast track and a “Joker and Harley Quinn” film in development (and seemingly replacing the previously announced “Gotham City Sirens”), Leto will certainly have more time to explore the role. Todd Phillips’ standalone The Joker origin tale is expected to cast someone else in the role for a one-off period tale.