Variety has reported that hell may have officially frozen over and Jared Leto will be getting his own solo Joker film. So far there is no information as to when this movie will go into production, the only thing we know is that it will be executive produced by Leto himself. It does seem to be slated to start after Suicide Squad 2, which should start filming sometime in 2019.
It seems like the studio is planning to tie this film into the Suicide Squad franchise. I wouldn't be surprised to see a Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) appear, if not a few others. If we're lucky we will get at least a quick Batfleck (Ben Affleck) cameo to secure him as Warner Bros. This will even beat out Super Stache (Henry Cavill) himself whose debut movie kicked off the DCEU.
AFJ's Take: Even though we have had a bit of fun with this piece of news, based on the fact that Jared Leto's first Joker outing was pretty much the funniest joke we've seen from the DCEU (yes, it's a terrible pun but come on it was pretty bad folks). There are still a few things that might be at play here that could make Leto's Joker one of the best we've ever seen. I don't think you can beat Heath Ledger's (in The Dark Knight) performance but bear with me here as I try and but some points below to change your mind.
- According to all sources, there was over 1 hour of unused film of Jared Leto getting to really flex his Joker's muscles. We know that Suicide Squads editing was a mess and he ended up with a majorly downgraded role in that film. There is a good chance that some of the best material was left on the cutting room floor. If you didn't get the "Do you know how I got these scars" line or "Why so serious?" or even the clapping scene in the Gotham PD from Nolan's The Dark Knight, would Ledger still be the best Joker as we all remember him? So come on Junkies, let's give him a chance.
- Regardless of how rough his first outing was, in order to really do the Joker justice, unless your Jack Nicholson (Joker in Batman '89), Ledger's Joker showed us you need to really become the character to pull off the performance. If there is another actor out there that could do it, Leto is the guy. I mean from what we heard from the behind the scenes, in Suicide Squad, he dived as deep as you could into the mouth of madness to play this role and he was just a side character. So hopefully, with a whole film to himself, he can really flex his acting chops. He might not be the Joker we deserved but maybe he's the Joker we needed.
- Ok Junkies here comes "the theory". For me, this is the thing that would make the Leto Joker movie something I could really stand behind. What if he's not really the Joker or at least the Joker we all think about. Now I'm sure some of you have read the internet theories that he isn't, in fact, the "Joker" but he is a new Joker and maybe one that might have been closer to the Dark Knight then anyone else.... some fans believe that this Joker is actually the former Batman sidekick, Robin. If you want to find out more about this theory check out Mat Pat's video on it Film Theory: Is Suicide Squad's Joker ACTUALLY Batman's Boy Wonder?. If this movie is about the downfall of a past Robin and how he became so twisted he turned into Joker himself. Just let me know where to sign up because this fan is all in.
- Bonus if the above point is true that means there could be a whole new actor cast as the real Joker. For what its worth I'm throwing Mark Hamill's hat in the ring. Just Saying...
Well, that's all we have for you now but will make sure to keep you guys updated on everything Joker related. Let us know what you think junkies sound off in the comment section below. #AFJ4LIFE