The DC Extended Universe is about to get a little bigger and a whole lot stranger! According to a report, there’s a new standalone Joker-centered film on its way. And no, it’s not the previously announced Joker origin story. In fact, this one will be a spin-off of sorts from Suicide Squad . The movie will star Jared Leto, once again, as the Joker. Not only that, Leto will also be executive producer on the film.
Somewhat disappointingly, that’s pretty much all we know so far. The studio hasn’t yet named a writer. We don’t even know when production will begin. We do know a sequel to Suicide Squad is on the way, but we aren’t sure when THAT is happening either. Will this movie go into production before that one or after? No clue. We also know that Todd Phillips is working on a Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, but that one is set outside of the DCEU. Again, details on that one are tough to come by.
Some Thoughts on the Joker
Let’s be honest. Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker was almost perfect. He won a posthumous Oscar for it. Any actor who chose to follow him in that role had a huge challenge ahead of him. He changed the game. He made Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the original Batman movie look goofy and campy by comparison.
The casting of Jared Leto in Suicide Squad raised some eyebrows. When we saw the first photos of him in character, it became instantly clear that this version of the Joker would be different than Ledger’s. Much like Suicide Squad itself, reviews of Leto’s Joker were mixed. At the very least, it was distinct from Heath Ledger’s version, which is good. Nobody went to Suicide Squad to see Jared Leto doing a Heath Ledger impression. One of the biggest complaints about the Joker in Suicide Squad is the fact that there wasn’t enough of him. He was, essentially, a minor character and plot device for Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.
Personally, I want to see more. The Dark Knight version was an anarchist and terrorist and certainly terrifying in a very exceptional way. On the other hand, I found Leto’s version to be remarkably scary too. This version, to me, seemed more intimidating than creepy. He seemed like a real-life gangster, an actual crime boss. I would love to see a movie centered around this interpretation. I’d like to see Leto use an entire movie to really get into the role and get weird with it.
Are you excited to see more of Jared Leto’s Joker? Or was Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight all you’ll ever want or need? Let us know in the comments!