Suicide Squad didn't exactly feature a whole lot of Jared Leto's new version of The Joker, which he has publicly voiced his displeasure with. Those of us who liked his take on the character were looking forward to the possibility of him showing up in Zack Snyder's Justice League, as there have been very present rumors stating that might be the case. Well, now those rumors appear to have been debunked and we are going to have to wait even longer to see more of The Joker in the DC Extended Universe.
On Monday there was a rumor floating around the web that indicated Jared Leto was set to reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime sooner rather than later, which had many DC fanboys and fangirls quite excited. Well, film reporter Umberto Gonzalez took to his Twitter account to dash those hopes and debunk the rumor. Here is what he had to say.
"Sorry DC fanboys. Yesterday's rumor that surfaced about Jared Leto being in JUSTICE LEAGUE? Unfortunately, not true. #DEADED"
There had been speculation that Justice League would be a good place for The Joker to show up again before eventually squaring off with Ben Affleck's Batman elsewhere in the DCEU. But rumors heated up on Monday when a report surfaced confirming that Justice League would be shooting in Iceland, stating that Jared Leto was expected to be in the movie. That is apparently not the case, but none of this is official word from Warner Bros. or anyone directly involved in the production, so anything is still possible. Just don't get your hopes up, Joker fans.
The next logical place for Jared Leto to reprise his role as The Joker would be in Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie, which he is set to direct and star in. Joe Manganiello has already been confirmed to be playing Deathstroke in the movie and he will be the main villain, but that still leaves plenty of room for The Joker to show up somewhere. There has been a lot of buzz stating that the movie could take place in Arkham Asylum and will feature a lot of Batman's rogues gallery of villains. If that turns out to be true, it would make total sense for The Joker to be there. Maybe an uneasy Deathstroke and Joker team up with some potential backstabbing?
The fact of the matter is that Justice League is already an over-crowded movie and after what happened with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it wouldn't be a good idea to muddy things up with more characters if they don't need to be there. Given the plot of Justice League and what we know about it so far, it definitely seems like The Joker would be shoehorned in a bit. Here is the official synopsis for Justice League.
"Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions."
Suicide Squad has grossed more than $700 million at the box office so far despite poor reviews, so it is all but guaranteed that Jared Leto will reprise his role as The Joker at some point, it just probably won't be for a little while. Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Jason Momoa as Aquaman and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. Zack Snyder is directing from a script by Chris Terrio. Justice League is set to hit theaters on November 17, 2017.
Sorry DC fanboys. Yesterday's rumor that surfaced about Jared Leto being in JUSTICE LEAGUE? Unfortunately, not true. #DEADED— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 13, 2016