Jared Leto Wants a Standalone Joker Movie

Saturday, 06 August 2016 - 4:14PM
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Suicide Squad
Saturday, 06 August 2016 - 4:14PM
Jared Leto Wants a Standalone Joker Movie
One of the things that most people have been complaining about concerning Suicide Squad is that there's not enough Joker. While it makes sense that the character wouldn't be given as much screen time (seeing as how he's not a member of the titular Suicide Squad), they did advertise the Joker quite a bit, undoubtedly because they knew the villain's popularity would help draw crowds. His screen time in the trailers are clearly disproportionate to his screen time in the film itself, and so DC fans were understandably letdown by the fact that the Clown Prince wasn't given a bigger role in the movie, and they're not the only ones.

Jared Leto recently did an interview with NME in which he revealed that he would have liked to have seen more Joker in the film, too. It's no secret that Ayer shot a lot more of the character than he and the studio used in the final cut, and Leto hopes that those deleted scenes will be able to surface sometime soon. That being said, Leto hopes that the DCEU takes an even more in-depth look at the villainous Joker. In fact, here's how he responded when asked if he would like to do a Joker solo film:

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Yes, I think that would be great to dive in deeper to the Joker and expand the story and to learn a bit more about this sick and twisted but lovely strange man. And yes, I'd like to see a little more Joker in Suicide Squad too. We shot so much footage. There are so many scenes that are not in the film. I haven't seen the movie yet so I don't know exactly what's been cut out or not, but I do understand that it's a bit of an introduction to the Joker now, it's a bit more of a supporting part than maybe it could have been if they used everything. But they have a method to their madness.
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Even though Suicide Squad claims to be the first comic book movie ever to be about the villains, it would be another thing entirely to make a film about a coldhearted serial-killer with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. That being said, the character's popularity would undoubtedly carry the film, and so a project of that sort would all but guarantee that WB would get the money they put into the project back, and probably even more. A Joker solo film would also be a really innovative way to show the world that the DCEU still has something uniquely different it can offer when it comes to comic book movies. 

That being said, it's questionable that the idea would ever get approved following the critical reception of Suicide Squad. If the film doesn't end up making an obscene amount of cash, then it will likely be seen as a limited success at best by WB. Knowing the studio's reactionary approach to the DCEU, they would probably hate to take a risk on doing something different and innovative when their most recent attempts to do so haven't turned out so well with critics.

Hopefully, however, WB will wake up to the fact that their interference, both with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, has likely made the situation much worse than it ever would have been otherwise, and that the only way to keep the comic book movie genre alive is to go in unconventional and original routes. A Joker standalone would certainly be one way of doing that.
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