Well, it seems you can never keep a good clown down. After receiving a divisive reaction in 2016’s Suicide Squad, it looks like we haven’t seen the last of Jared Leto as the DCEU’s Joker as he is set to appear in the much anticipated Zack Synder cut of Justice League on HBO Max.
Sources close to The Hollywood Reporter note that Oscar winner Leto recently joined the reshoots for Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which many know Snyder says is the definitive version of the 2017 superhero movie he was forced to exit. In the theatrical cut of Justice Leauge, directed by Joss Whedon, Leto’s Joker did not make an appearance.
As reported in THR, the project’s shooting is currently underway with Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher, and Amber Heard reporting to the production. Leto joins them, but it’s unclear which other actors are involved in these reshoots. Previous reports said that Henry Cavill would not be joining the rest of the cast for this round of additional filming.
It had been speculated that we’d seen the last of Leto’s Joker, with Warner Bros. and DC Films subsequently casting Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime for an Oscar-winning performance in last year’s Joker. Previous reports had claimed that Leto had tried to block the Joker movie from being made, and that his “days at the Joker were likely over”.
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In Justice League, fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League is directed by Zack Snyder and features Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta and Robin Wright as General Antiope, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, Amber Heard as Mera, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf and Ray Porter as Darkseid.