If you were one of the many fans unhappy with the idea of an isolated Joker film recasting the titular villain, you have a big name in your corner: Jared Leto.
The actor, who debuted as the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad and is set to reprise the part in a number of upcoming DC Extended Universe films, was reportedly unhappy to hear Warner Bros. is planning a new '80s-based crime-driven origin story for the character -- with a new actor in the part. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Leto is quite frustrated with the news.
"Insiders say Jared Leto, the actor who portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime in last summer's Suicide Squad and is slated to reprise the character not just for a sequel but for another spinoff movie (with DC villainess Harley Quinn), was caught off-guard by the plans," THR said. "Leto is said to have made his displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers known to his CAA agents, and rival agency WME has been using the concern to court him."
Leto has already expressed dissatisfaction with Warner Bros. following Suicide Squad's release. Leto had filmed several additional scenes for the film, making his Joker a more integral part of it, but they were ultimately cut and replaced by the time Suicide Squad would hit theaters.
The actor is already on board for a Gotham City Sirens film, in addition to a Joker and Harley Quinn-centric movie. Neither of those films currently have a release date.