Jared Leto Apparently Didn't Respond Well At All When Told Of Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker'

TBH, we don't blame him.

Suicide Squad star Jared Leto reportedly didn’t respond all that well when he found out about losing the role of the Joker to Joaquin Phoenix.

The Oscar-winning actor portrayed the Clown Prince of Crime once in 2016 and the news that Phoenix would play the role in a standalone film was a very unpleasant surprise for the star.

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According to THR, Leto felt “alienated and upset” when former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and Toby Emmerich greenlit Todd Phillips’ standalone Joker filmwhich isn’t actually part of the DCEU.

While this is just a rumour – Leto hasn’t released a statement about how he felt – it would be understandable if that’s how the actor did feel at the time.

In 2017, when Joker was first coming together, and before Phoenix was officially cast, Leto was allegedly caught off guard as he was meant to reprise the character for both a Suicide Squad sequel and a spinoff movie with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn.

THR reported at the time, “Leto is said to have made his displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers known to his CAA agents.”

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He later told ODE he was “confused” by what was going on with his character.

“I’m a little confused too, so, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world… It’s a big universe and, you know, when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there.

“You know you just have the honour 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.”

Honestly, we can’t really blame him for feeling that way, especially when we know that a lot of his own Joker performance ended up on the cutting room floor so audiences didn’t really see the full picture of what he brought to the character, which wasn’t his fault.

Leto doesn’t make an appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad and won’t be in Birds of Prey with Harley Quinn either, so his future as the Joker is up in the air.

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

Until then, Leto has crossed over to the Marvel side to work on Sony’s Morbius film which will see him star as the anti-hero Morbius the Living Vampire.

Morbius hits cinemas July, 2020.

This Is What Robert Pattinson's Batman Would Look Like In The 'Joker' Universe

There's dark, and then there's 'Joker' dark.

While we know that Robert Pattinson’s Batman won’t actually do a crossover with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, that doesn’t mean we can’t imagine what he’d look like in that R-rated universe.

Australian-based digital artist Mizuri has created some artwork of what Pattinson would look like if Matt Reeves’ The Batman was in any way inspired by Joker.

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He shared the artwork on Instagram and wrote, “Should [The Batman] be Rated R like Joker? After seeing the masterpiece that was Joker, it really showed a new and exciting look at comic book movies, and set the bar super high for future films.

“That being said, I’m really hyped for Batman specifically, and I’m hoping for it to be a really gritty and mature film much like Joker. What are your thoughts on this? Here’s a little artwork I did displaying this. Enjoy!”

Of course, there’s dark and then there’s Joker dark, so it’ll be interesting to see where Reeves takes The Batman and if he’s inspired at all by Todd Philips’ film.

Reeves has previously told THR that his film will be a “noir Batman tale”.

“It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional,” he explained.

“It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been.

“I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”

Pattinson previously told Variety what it was like to put the costume on for the first time for the final stages of auditions.

He described is as “maybe the craziest thing I’ve ever done in terms of movie stuff”.

“I put it on. I remember saying to Matt, ‘It does feel quite transformative!’ He was like, ‘I would hope it does! You’re literally in the Batsuit.’”

“You do feel very powerful immediately. And it’s pretty astonishing, something that is incredibly difficult to get into, so the ritual of getting into it is pretty humiliating. You’ve got five people trying to shove you into something. Once you’ve got it on, it’s like, ‘Yeah, I feel strong, I feel tough, even though I had to have someone squeezing my butt cheeks into the legs.’”

I cannot wait to see Pattinson all suited up!

Todd Philips Might Not Want A 'Joker' Sequel, But Joaquin Phoenix Is Keen AF

"I can’t stop thinking about it."

Joker director Todd Philips has made it known that his movie is a one-off character study on the Joker and he has no plans for a sequel, but Joaquin Phoenix seems to have other ideas.

Speaking with IGN, Philips said, “We have no plans for a sequel. We always pitched it as one movie, and that’s it.”

According to CinemaBlend, Philips has also explained how his movie isn’t connected to the wider DCEU.

“It’s not really connected to that [DC Movie] Universe. And it was really intentionally not.

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“I mean the original idea when I went to [Warner Bros.] with the idea was not just about one movie, but about a label – sort of a side label to DC, where you can do these kind of character study, low-rent, low-budget movies, where you get a filmmaker to come in and do some deep dive into a character.

“So it was never meant to connect, so I don’t see it connecting to anything in the future. I think this is just this movie, you know?”

Phoenix, who played the Joker, however, isn’t quite ready to close the door on the character.

In an interview on Popcorn with Peter Travers, Phoenix said he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about the Joker role and what the future might bring.

“You know, I wouldn’t have thought about this as my dream role. But now, honestly, I can’t stop thinking about it,” Phoenix said.

“I talked to Todd a lot about what else we might be able to do, in general, just to work together, but also specifically, if there’s something else we can do with Joker that might be interesting. So, it ended up being a dream role. It’s nothing that I really wanted to do prior to working on this movie.”

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Travers tells Phoenix it’s a surprise to hear him say that as he famously turned down the role of Marvel’s Doctor Strange because it would have meant signing a multi-movie deal.

“I don’t know that there is [more to do],” Phoenix said. “Me and Todd would still be shooting now if we could, right? Because it seemed endless, the possibilities of where we can go with the character.”

Travers then asks if he’s dreamed of being in a scene with Batman, but Phoenix was quick to shut that down, “No, I haven’t had that dream.”

The way the film ends could be a set up for a sequel as he indirectly sets a young Bruce Wayne on the path to becoming Batman. And with Robert Pattinson’s The Batman coming out in 2021 fans have been hoping to see the two characters meet, but it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case – especially because Phoenix’s Joker would be too old to fight Pattinson’s Batman.

But hey, we can dream, right (even if Joaquin doesn’t)?

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