JARED LETO Open to Returning as JOKER (But No, He Hasn't Watched THAT Trailer)

Jared Leto
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Jared Leto has just one appearance under his belt as the Joker, in 2016's Suicide Squad. Now with a sequel on the horizon, Leto says he's up for a return - if the right opportunity knocks.

“I would definitely play the Joker again,” Leto told Variety. “It all depends on the script and the circumstances as it always does.”

However, it seems that opportunity won't come in 2020's Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Even though that story centers on Harley Quinn - whose relationship with Joker was a key plot point in Suicide Squad - it seems Leto's Joker himself won't make an appearance, though that isn't necessarily definitive.

“I don’t think so. You’d have to ask them,” Leto said cryptically when asked if he'd have a Birds of Prey appearance. “Well, we’ll see.”

This somewhat puzzling answer may refer to the large amount of reported unused footage featuring Leto which was shot for Suicide Squad, but which didn't make the final cut of the film.

In June 2018, Leto reportedly signed on to produce and star in a film based on his Joker - though a different solo film developed concurrently seems to have beaten it to the punch, with October's Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix as a different version of the Clown Prince of Crime.  

Incidentally, Leto says he hasn't seen the recently released trailer for that film.

It's unclear what Leto's statements here mean for the future of his Joker movie. Leto's next comic book movie role will be as the titular Morbius in Sony's July 2020 Spider-Man spin-off film.

Meanwhile, The Suicide Squad, the sequel to Leto's single appearance as the Joker, is also in development for a 2020 release - one month ahead of Morbius in August.

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