TheWrap is reporting Friday that Dallas Buyer’s Club Oscar-winner Jared Leto – once thought of as a candidate to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange – is “circling” the role of the Joker … no, not in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice or a future Bat-fleck solo movie, but in 2016’s Suicide Squad from Fury director David Ayer.
TheWrap cites “individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project” as their source. Neither Warner Bros. nor Leto’s representatives responded to TheWrap’s requests for comment.
Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are reportedly (from multiple sources) in varying stages of discussions to join the film. Jesse Eisenberg is also reportedly attached to reprise his Lex Luthor role for the film.
According to TheWrap, Ryan Gosling was initially sought for the Joker role but was unwilling to make a multi-film commitment.
Writer Justin Marks’ original draft of the Suicide Squad screenplay reportedly did not include the Joker, but TheWrap is reporting Ayer is expected to write another draft and is rumored to be writing in the Joker. Harley Quinn, a current member of the comic book Squad, is also rumored to appear.
If the majority of these rumors and reports prove accurate, it could indicate Warner Bros. is moving away from a B-C level villains that have traditionally made up DC’s take on the concept, and may be reimaging it as a sort of Avengers-Justice League of their most iconic villains.
If Leto takes on the role, he’ll have big shoes to fill, as Heath Ledger was awarded a posthumous Oscar for his take on as The Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.