Jared Leto Might Be Playing The Joker in David Ayer's 'Suicide Squad'
Some potentially big news landing late on Friday night, thanks to a report from Jeff Sneider at The Wrap. He says a source from Warner Bros "familiar with the project" has revealed that Jared Leto, coming off of his Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actor earlier this year, is "circling a key role" in David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad that might actually be – drum roll – The Joker. Wait, what? Yea that's what it says, which makes some kind of sense considering Suicide Squad is a DC villain round-up movie and it did occasionally include The Joker in the comic it's based on. But casting isn't confirmed yet, it's only a potential for now.
This is big news because it does kind of also confirm that we're probably going to see a new Joker in the Suicide Squad movie. The Joker wasn't particularly prominent in the Suicide Squad comics, so much as his relationship with Harley Quinn. Maybe this means there's a good setup for a Harley Quinn storyline in the movie, and Leto is just one piece of the puzzle. That's what we can hope for. The Wrap's report says that "Ryan Gosling was initially sought to play The Joker but he was unwilling to sign a deal with options for multiple movies", and somehow it has moved onto Jared Leto (of Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody, Panic Room) instead. In addition, they confirm that Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are "in various stages of discussions", with Jesse Eisenberg the latest to also join as Lex Luthor. Quite a cast for this one.
There's also that report from Latino Review a few weeks ago with a rumor about Harley Quinn, meaning it sounds like we might be seeing the Joker/Harley Quinn combo. Hopefully. The Wrap also says the Joker was not in the first draft of the script, written by Justin Marks, but the latest "revision is rumored to include The Joker." I guess it doesn't matter that Justice League is forming because even though Batman is in there, he probably won't be fighting Joker. Though, he could crossover/cameo briefly, wouldn't that be something. You never know what tricks DC has up their sleeve, especially to respond to Marvel's crazy Phase 3 line-up.
David Ayer is directing the film about a team of imprisoned super-villains who perform high-risk missions for the U.S. Government in exchange for commuted sentences. The team's actions are highly classified, and the government is able to deny any involvement by claiming that they are not responsible for the damages of a random super-villain attack. The catch: their mission will probably kill them all. Ayer has described the film as The Dirty Dozen with super villains, and that sounds fun as hell. With production already underway on Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I wouldn't be surprised if Suicide Squad might be in the works soon after. Release is initially set for August 2016, stay tuned for more updates. Is Leto a good choice?