Leto On Lost Joker Footage, Role Return

Jared Leto is continuing to do promotional rounds for this past weekend’s “Suicide Squad” release. The David Ayer-directed film broke box-office records for the month, but has also come under criticism for its cuts, tonal disparity and quality.

Leto himself has been vocal about his upset over how many scenes of his work as The Joker in the film were cut from the final version, including quite a few in the trailers. Speaking with BBC Radio 1 (via EW), Leto continues to affirm that many scenes were removed:

“I think that I brought so much to the table in every scene, it was probably more about filtering all of the insanity. Because I wanted to give a lot of options, and I think there’s probably enough footage in this film for a Joker movie… If I were to die tomorrow, maybe the studio would roll something out. Rated R or rated X performance in there somewhere.”

In the wake of the cuts, what is his potential future in the role as the clown prince of crime? A few weeks ago he seemed eager to continue on, that reaction sounds like it has cooled a bit:

“It feels like there could be more to come… I think it entirely depends on the response of the public. If they respond to this Joker, I could imagine The Joker coming back, but if they don’t I certainly wouldn’t want to overstay my welcome.”

Where Leto’s Joker might next appear is uncertain, with Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film the most likely place.