Variety reports that actor/musician Jared Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in an upcoming standalone film. The movie will spin off from 2016’s Suicide Squad and will kick-start a series of films focusing on that film’s side of things. No further details have yet been released.
Suicide Squad was almost universally panned by critics, but the fan response was mixed. Leto’s role was small and meant to tease his involvement in future outings, so anticipation for this new film will be high among DCEU stalwarts. Meanwhile, the Suicide Squad sequel will reportedly start filming in 2019.
Leto won an Oscar for his performance as trans woman Rayon in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club. He has also appeared in Blade Runner 2049, Panic Room, and many other films spread across genres. His musical career is a notable one, with his ongoing tenure as the lead singer of Thirty Seconds To Mars garnering praise and attention from fans across the globe.
No release date has been announced for Leto’s standalone film and its placement among DC’s slate of upcoming films remains unknown. The film doesn’t yet have a writer attached, either.
Todd Phillips is developing a Joker origin story as part of an origins line of DC films, but the studio has made it clear that Leto’s version of the Joker will continue to terrorize Gotham in future outings.
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