Jared Leto and 'The Joker' Will Stand Alone; Here's What We Know So Far

Jared Leto and 'The Joker' Will Stand Alone; Here's What We Know So Far

Jun 06, 2018

Suicide Squad

Everyone loves The Joker! The villainous character has been extremely popular in DC comic books and has attracted very talented actors to portray him on the big screen, including Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger.

Jared Leto played the most recent incarnation of The Joker in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Since then, Warner Bros. has considered a variety of follow-up projects and now we're hearing that he may stand alone in a new cinematic universe (so to speak). Let's recap what we know so far.

What's the latest news?

Leto will star in an untitled stand-alone movie revolving around The Joker, according to Variety. The actor will also serve as an executive producer for the project, "paving the way for future movies branching from Suicide Squad."

Reportedly, that would include a movie revolving around Harley Quinn, the character played by Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad. Back in April 2018, we heard that Cathy Yan might be directing the movie, which may or may not be Birds of Prey, though nothing has been confirmed yet.

A sequel to Suicide Squad itself is also on the boards, with Gavin O'Connor (The Accountant) still attached. Last we heard, O'Connor was writing the screenplay with his creative partner Anthony Tambakis.

What's the next step for this movie?

A writer needs to be hired. Given the time that's usually needed to write a first draft, it will likely be six months to a year before we hear anything further, such as the hiring of a director. Given that, we may be seeing the Suicide Squad sequel on the big screen before either this stand-alone movie or the Harley Quinn project.

Wait, what about the other stand-alone movie featuring The Joker?

That's still a go as part of a new and separate series of stand-alone movies. Todd Phillips is developing a film that would explore the origins of The Joker as a failed comedian in the 1980s. Martin Scorsese may produce. Joaquin Phoenix appears ready to star.

When can we see more DC movies?

Warner Bros. has set Aquaman for theatrical release on December 21, to be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019 and Wonder Woman on November 1, 2019.

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