A new report up at Heat Vision has discussed a former Joker actor’s displeasure with current box-office juggernaut and standalone feature “Joker”.
The trade claims Jared Leto, who played The Joker in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” was so displeased with Phillips’ film when it was early in the works that he pressured his agents at CAA (the agency where he and Phillips are both represented) to kill the project in its crib:
“Sources say the actor felt his agents should have told him about the Phillips project earlier and fought harder for his version of Joker. Sources say Leto told his agents that they should stop the rival project, arguing that he wasn’t being treated properly as an Oscar winner.”
Leto left CAA over the summer for completely separate reasons but has no issues with the studio as he’s about to work with Warners again on the Denzel Washington-led “The Little Things”. Leto has also suggested in recent times he’d be happy to reprise his role.
But those in charge may not want him. James Gunn, who is helming the currently filming ‘Squad’ sequel/mini-reboot “The Suicide Squad,” was asked by a fan on Instagram recently why Leto isn’t reprising his role in the film. Gunn says:
“No one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics.”
Though not a straight confirmation that Leto isn’t in the film, it does imply he won’t appear. Next year’s “Birds of Prey” will include plenty of references to Leto’s version of The Joker but again it looks like the actor won’t be back in the role there too.
“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer recently shared a never-before-seen image of Leto as Joker during make-up tests for that film. Check out that shot below: