With all the commotion and controversy surrounding Joaquin Pheonix‘s version of the Clown Prince of Crime, it would be understandable to forget about the tragedy that was the “damaged” Jared Leto version of the character. This fact seems to have really upset the lead singer of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, who played the character in the critical failure that was 2016’s “Suicide Squad“.
In 2018, it was announced that Leto would be the one to get a stand alone Joker film as well as a couple more “Suicide Squad” spin-offs, with one being a Harley Quinn & Joker film. All these films were to tie into the now defunct DCEU and have been cut from Warner Bros. project slate in favor of standalone films that focus on character development and story rather than an interconnected series of films.
It was also reported that Leto was not invited back and will be notably absent from the upcoming soft-reboot/sequel “The Suicide Squad” in 2021. This also may have agitated Leto due to the fact that many of his scenes were cut from the final product of 2016’s “Suicide Squad”, with the director even acknowledging they messed up and that Leto should’ve been the villain the whole time.
Fans are excited by this new Joker and audience ratings are far more superior to that of critical ratings. Joaquin Phoenix has also expressed that he may potentially want to reprise the role in a potential sequel for the “Joker”. So with that being said, it is most likely and reasonable to say that Jared Leto’s version of the character is a thing of the past, a footnote that DC will most likely never revisit again.