Following the less-than-stellar reception of last year's Suicide Squad, speculation regarding the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) was hard to avoid. This even extended to rumors about actors expressing their desire to leave the DCEU, including Jared Leto and his divisive take on the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker.
Now, after months of speculation, the lead singer of Thirty Seconds to Mars finally cleared things up by reassured fans of his future within the DCEU.
The Man Who Laughs Talks About His Version Of The Joker
While guesting on the Kyle & Jackie O radio show, #JaredLeto talked about his future as the #Joker . He also discusses his time working on Suicide Squad, and cemented his professional relationship with DC and Warner Brothers.
"No...There’s so much hype and bullshit about [what happened with 'Suicide Squad'], but I think it’s just a fun thing to talk about. Even when the movie came out, there was so much misrepresentation about what went down, about the ‘method acting’ crap – it’s just that 90% of it wasn’t true, and you can’t even...It takes on a life of its own."
When Suicide Squad opened to negative reviews, it inspired some fans to petition the closure of film aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Adding fuel to the fire was the fact that most of Leto's scenes were cut from the final version of the film, which understandably irritated the actor at the time. Back when the film was released, Leto had this to say about the final cut:
“Were there any that didn’t get cut? I’m asking you, were there any that didn’t get cut? There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn’t even start ... If I die anytime soon, it’s probably likely that it’ll surface somewhere. That’s the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out.”
However, it sounds as though whatever disagreements he had with those running the #DCEU were ultimately exaggerated. In fact, the latest actor to take on the role of the famed #Batman enemy enjoyed his time on Suicide Squad, calling it an "incredible experience."
Leto even pointed out that #HarleyQuinn actress Margot Robbie was one of the best people he's ever worked with. He ended the interview by implying that he's more than willing to join a future DCEU movie if the opportunity comes, and all DC has to do is give him a call.
"… Everything’s great in that world [the DCEU], and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
With this, we can assume that the actor's initial frustrations were either short-lived, or initially blown out of proportion. It's particularly great to hear that Leto is pleased with his ongoing relationship with the DCEU as the studio recently announced further plans to expand its upcoming slate.
Jared Leto Will Be Joking For A Little While Longer
DC recently announced that there will now be multiple live-action movies featuring the Clown Prince of Crime. The first will be Suicide Squad 2, where Leto is expected to reprise his role as the Joker. The second is a Joker origin movie that's reportedly being produced by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese, although Leto's involvement has yet to be confirmed or denied. Warner Bros. have also announced a Joker/Harley team-up from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the creative team responsible for Crazy Stupid Love.
Now that the Oscar-winner has spoken up about his DCEU involvement, this may be the confirmation fans have been waiting for. While his take on the iconic villain may be divisive, it was at the very least different and something that many look forward to seeing again.
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