Jared Leto has signed on to star and executive produce a standalone Joker film branching out from his role in 2016's Suicide Squad, according to Variety. The Hollywood trade describes as part of a series of Suicide Squad spin-offs, also including an in development Birds of Prey film co-starring Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn.
Variety also reports that Leto and Warner Bros. are currently looking for a screenwriter for the prospective film.
This Leto film would be seperate from Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese's Joker origin film, in which Joaquin Phoenix was reportedly in talks to star.
“I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world,” Leto previously told Variety about the plans for a separate Joker film. “I loved the Joker, he’s a great character, a really fun character to play. It’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”
It is not clear if Warner Bros. has plans to produce two distinct Joker films or if the studio is simply developing different projects with the idea one will eventually emerge.