Poor Jared Leto. First he was panned for his performance as The Joker in Suicide Squad (see our review), with a whole lot of his scenes cut from the movie. Now there are conflicting reports about Warners’ plans for the character.
In recent weeks, there have been reports of a Joker origin movie set outside the DC Extended Universe. There’s also talk of a Harley Quinn and Joker movie set in the DCEU, while Gavin O’Connor has signed up as writer-director for Suicide Squad 2.
Speaking to U.K.-based YouTube channel On Demand Entertainment, Leto admitted, “I’m a little confused too.” But he was also quick to add that he’s keeping an open mind about Warners’ plans:
“I love the Joker. He’s a great character and really fun character to play. But it’s a big universe, and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. But there are other films that are in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”
Is the studio looking to replace Leto? Unsurprisingly, Warner Bros. declined to comment on his remarks. It’s also worth noting the speculation about Ben Affleck’s future as Batman, though Affleck insisted at Comic Con that he is still the Dark Knight.
Leto will be next seen as the replicant maker Niander Wallace in Blade Runner 2049, which opens in Singapore on October 5.