James Gunn Explains Why Jared Leto's Joker Won't Make An Appearance In 'The Suicide Squad'

But is there more to it?

When Warner Bros announced they would be making a standalone Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto wasn’t happy about it, and now he’s noticeably absent from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad cast.

So, what’s going on with Leto’s Joker and why isn’t he involved in The Suicide Squad?

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It turns out, the answer is pretty simple, according to Gunn.

Speaking in an Instagram Story Q&A, one fan asked Gunn how he could justify not having the Joker in his Suicide Squad movie, the director didn’t directly say the character wouldn’t be in the film, but said the Joker isn’t part of the Suicide Squad comics to begin with.

He said, “No one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics.”

The only reason the Joker was in David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad was to explain Harley Quinn’s origin story and to add some conflict. He’s a supporting character who isn’t part of the Squad.

We’ve had no indication about whether or not Leto will make a cameo or surprise appearance in the film. Harley will be a key character in The Suicide Squad and it’s entirely possible the Joker could be written out of Harley’s story in Birds of Prey.

But is Gunn telling the truth? Could there be a bigger reason for not wanting to work with Leto on The Suicide Squad?

In May, 2018 Gunn responded to a tweet written by Dylan Sprouse about Leto with some serious allegations:

It’s important to also note that there haven’t been any police reports filed against Leto in regards to these allegations.

According to ScreenGeek, in 2012, Gunn also tweeted, “Driving home from Vegas trading stories about what a dick Jared Leto is.”

So, it doesn’t seem as though the director is a huge fan of Leto and perhaps he didn’t want to work with the actor – or perhaps Leto didn’t want to work with him after finding out about the tweets.

Whatever the case may be, THR is also reporting that Leto won’t be returning as the Joker in any capacity and their reasoning is due to his frustration over Todd Phillips’ Joker film. However, at this stage, it’s simply a rumour and has yet to be confirmed.

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Apparently, Leto thought Warner Bros was stringing him along with promises of his own Joker stand-alone film, only to go ahead with Phillips’ version instead (which isn’t part of the DCEU like his character is).

The publication also reports that the studio wasn’t all that impressed with the pranks Leto pulled on his co-stars in order to get into character, like sending a live rat to Margot Robbie, bullets to Will Smith and a dead pig to the cast and crew during rehearsal.

David Ayer only used 10 minutes of Leto’s performance in Suicide Squad, which likely angered Leto further.

So, it’s possible Leto might not have chosen to come back for another round as the Joker, or Gunn perhaps simply chose not to write him into the script because he’s clearly not a fan?

Our New Catwoman Zoe Kravitz Was Once Told She Was Too 'Urban' For A Role In Dark Knight Rises


It was announced this week that Zoe Kravitz has been cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming film The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson in the title role.

Kravitz and Pattinson are the only roles that have been confirmed with Jonah Hill rumoured to play a villain (either the Riddler or the Penguin) and Jeffrey Wright, who will reportedly play Commissioner Gordon.

While it’s very exciting that Kravitz landed the role, it’s not the first time she’s tried be part of a Batman film. The Mad Max: Fury Road star had previously been keen to join Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, but was denied an audition for being too “urban”.

In 2015, Kravitz recounted the story to Nylon, revealing she wasn’t even given an audition for a small role.

“In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,'” she said at the time.

“It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?'”

She also told the story of when she landed a role in 2007’s The Brave One which was originally “written for a white Russian girl”.

“I auditioned, and they changed the role for me,” she said.

The idea that she wasn’t able to get an audition for The Dark Knight Rises due to her race is horrible, but it must make landing the role in The Batman that much sweeter for the star.

Kravitz already has some practice playing the role of Catwoman after voicing the character in The Lego Batman Movie.

We might not know the exact story The Batman will follow, but we do know that the Internet is ready to see Kravitz and Pattinson together onscreen.

June 2021 can’t come fast enough.

If You Managed To Spot An Easter Egg In 'Joker' It Was A Mistake

Or it was the art department trolling...

We live in the age of films being made from stories based on comic books and their characters, and because of the seemingly endless source material, most of these films will include subtle Easter eggs in the background – but, sadly, Joker doesn’t.

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Director Todd Phillips spoke with Collider, revealing why you won’t find any subtle in-jokes or references to the wider DC universe in his film, because he’s just not interested in them.

“I don’t do Easter eggs. Any Easter eggs anybody finds is a mistake. I don’t understand,” he said.

Star of the film Joaquin Phoenix then jumped in, “I was saying to the last press, they asked me this thing about the clock and 11:11 and I said, ‘Paul is dead.’ And he was like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘Paul is dead. He’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ And the other guy that was like my age was like, ‘It’s a Beatles reference, dude.’ It’s these f***ing 22-year-old kids, they don’t know ‘Paul is dead.’

“I go, ‘You see what you want to see, you hear what you want to hear.’ Everybody thought it said ‘Paul is dead’ backwards and s**t,” he added.

Phillips added, “But that 11:11 is not an Easter egg to me.”

The clocks in the film being set to 11:11 had fans theorising that the film was set in Bizarro World (a world where everything is the opposite to Earth in some kind of way) and Arthur Fleck would actually end up becoming Batzarro (AKA Wayne Bruce, a super villain from Bizarro World).

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The whole “Paul is dead” thing is in reference to the infamous urban legend that Beatles star Paul McCartney died in a car crash and was replaced by a lookalike before the release of Revolver.

The albums that followed reportedly contain ‘clues’ to suggest Paul’s dead – for instance, if McCartney was the only one not wearing shoes while walking down Abbey Road, he must be dead.

However, if it wasn’t already obvious enough, Phillips and Phoenix want their work to be completely separate to the DC universe, except for the obvious connections like Arthur and Bruce Wayne.

If you did manage to find an Easter Egg, Phillips swears it’s the “art department sneaking something in that would make me crazy if I knew about it.”

Phoenix then joked, “There’s a Wonder Woman Easter egg in there, but you probably didn’t catch it.”

But he’s got to be trolling, surely?!

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