11 October 2019 03:02

Jared Leto was reportedly left “alienated and upset” by the new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.

Jared Leto was reportedly "upset" by the move to make a solo Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix

Please let Jared Leto bring back his role (Picture: Warner Bros. It didn't help that Jared's Joker wasn't well-received, considering many considered Suicide Squad an extremely disorganised execution of a superhero movie. According to Hollywood Reporter, the 47-year-old felt 'alienated and upset' when he discovered that the studio approved director Todd Phillips' idea for a solo Joker film that wasn't connected to the DC Extended Universe. He said: 'I'm a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world… I loved the Joker, he's a great character, a really fun character to play. Joaquin's and Jared's Jokers were completely different from one another (Picture: Warner Bros.) Jared won't even be returning to the new Suicide Squad (Picture: Warner Bros) The Suicide Squad doesn't even include Jared and will instead star Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Nathan Fillion, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Storm Reid, Taika Waititi, Sean Gunn, David Dastmalchian, Peter Capaldi and Viola Davis.

Jared Leto was reportedly left "alienated and upset" by the new Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. Leto, who played the DC villain in 2016 film Suicide Squad, was said to be unhappy when Todd Phillips's new film was announced. According to Hollywood Reporter writer Tatiana Siegel, Leto felt "alienated" when Warner Bros greenlit the new film. In 2018, it was announced that Leto would star in his own standalone film, which would have been billed as a Suicide Squad spin-off. However, both that film and a Harley Quinn & Joker movie – that would have re-teamed Leto with Margot Robbie – were cut from Warner Bros' slate of DC projects.

34 DC Comics movie villains ranked Show all 34 left Created with Sketch. To be fair to him, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a famously abysmal film, but his Nuclear Man – a villain so blandly nefarious even his name feels like it came about via 30 seconds of brainstorming – doesn't help matters. Cara Delevingne as Enchantress/June Moone (Suicide Squad) It's not been plain sailing swapping the catwalk for the big screen for this aristocratic supermodel-turned-actor, specifically with her role in this puerile comic book film. Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor (Superman Returns) A big gulp in 2019 for obvious reasons, but also pretty regretful because it's an incredibly dull performance from an actor who was, whether we like to admit it or not, masterful at playing villains in his prime. So it was downright embarrassing when it turned out Joker wasn't even the lead villain in the movie, and instead just an annoyance who turns up to mock the lead cast every now and then.

Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle (The Dark Knight Rises) Catwoman – the thieving, on-again, off-again love interest of Batman – was brought to life brilliantly by Anne Hathaway who deftly encapsulated her slinky, feline energy and gave an emotionally nuanced performance which offered a fresh perspective on the character after Michelle Pfeiffer's turn in the Nineties. The 1992 performance in Tim Burton's gothic Batman Returns is as entertaining as it is menacing, and he even instils a sense of pity with his role as a monster who just wants to be accepted – or at a pinch, feared – by the society that rejected him. It's no wonder he got top billing over the guy who actually played Batman. Heath Ledger as The Joker (The Dark Knight) The best of the best: Heath Ledger transformed himself completely and made the role his own opposite Christian Bale's Batman in The Dark Knight. His performance was so outstanding that he has become the gold standard to which all other actors aspire when they take on a villainous role.

Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (Batman Returns) The mystery over Catwoman's moral allegiances has been alive almost as long as she has in comic book lore, but it also makes her the most captivating sort-of nemesis in all of the DC movies. Phoenix recently said he would be very interested in playing Joker again, following rave reviews of his performance in the film and its success at the box office. When audiences got to see Jared Leto's take on the Joker in Suicide Squad, they were less than enthused. So it shouldn't have come to a surprise to Leto when Warner Bros. decided to make a Joker spinoff movie that featured another actor.

THR reports that Leto was "alienated and upset by the move," to which I can only respond, "Boo hoo." If Jared Leto had given a good performance as Joker, people would want to see more of him as Joker. And while you can blame the editing on Suicide Squad and claim that there's a more interesting performance of that character on the cutting room floor, the fact remains that everything about his turn as the Batman villain reeked of someone trying too hard and missing the mark. And it's not like Joaquin Phoenix is the easiest person in the world to work with, but Leto tormented his co-stars for the benefit of his own performance. He didn't really care if it affected their work; it was a selfish move where, even if you buy method acting as a thing (personally I think it's just kind of obnoxious), Leto's actions show someone who put his own performance ahead of what would help his fellow actors. While Leto may feel "alienated and upset" at being replaced for Joker for a one-off movie (and he's also nowhere to be seen in Birds of Prey), maybe he should take a look at his own actions. With the stellar reviews coming out for Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the Joker in the eponymous film (something even highly negative reviews of the film agree on), you may be wondering just how Jared Leto, who played Joker in the woeful Suicide Squad, feels about basically being completely erased from everyone's mind. According to THR in an article focusing on how Martin Scorsese helped bring Joker to the silver screen, Leto was "alienated and upset" about the entire thing. Unfortunately, THR doesn't dive any deeper into their reporting on this aspect of the story, leaving us to speculate on just how he expressed this disdain and if it's destroyed the very small chance of Leto's Joker ever returning even if he wants to. Jared Leto's Joker is a thing that happened. Jared Leto – who donned Joker's clown makeup in Suicide Squad – reportedly didn't take too kindly to Warner Bros' decision to make a solo Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix. Leto hasn't reprised the role since his bit-part performance in Suicide Squad opposite Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn. The frustration may stem from a 2018 Variety report detailing plans for a Leto-led solo Joker movie, in which he was also attached to producer. No Leto, no Scorsese – but Joker still ended up having the last laugh. Find out in our Joker rankings list, from Jared Leto to Joaquin Phoenix.