DC has two hits in a row with Aquaman and Shazam! both scoring positive reviews and nice box office totals. The next film to hit theaters will be Joker, an alternate take on the classic villain that’s entirely divorced from the DCEU. That means that the film, which stars Joaquin Phoenix, will have nothing to do with the Joker played by Jared Leto. The future of Leto’s Joker is pretty up in the air right now, but as far as the actor is concerned, he’s down to clown whenever.
Jared Leto’s take on the Joker has appeared so far in just one movie: Suicide Squad. The film was hit with negative reviews, many of which took issue with Leto’s performance. Both critics and fans have had issues with the version of the Joker, from his controversial face tattoos to his odd acting choices.
Ultimately, several scenes featuring the Joker were cut, and it’s been unclear what the future holds for character after he was poorly received. Despite the bad reception, Jared Leto wouldn’t turn down a chance to play the character again.
Though it depends on a few factors, Leto told Variety that he would definitely return as the Joker if the stars aligned in just the right way.
While there were rumors that Jared Leto’s Joker would get his own standalone film, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards anymore. However, he’s been rumored to appear in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie that features Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. So, could he be back for that? Leto isn’t quite sure.