When recently asked about the “multiple Jokers” kerfuffle, “current Joker” (you know, if we leave Mark Hamill and that kid from Gotham out of it) Jared Leto gave a diplomatic response that recognized the sort of chaotic nature of it all, but conceded that “there’s no ownership” for the character.
“I’m a little confused, too…I love the Joker. He’s a great character and really fun character to play. But it’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. There are other films that are in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”
Now, does the whole “holding the baton and then passing it off thing” mean that the actor, whose next movie Blade Runner 2049 opens in a month, is considering leaving the DC cinematic franchise? If so, where would that leave the upcoming Suicide Squad 2 and “Joker & Harley” projects?
Leto was reportedly annoyed last week when rumors swirled over a possible Martin Scorsese-produced Joker origin movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Is the Batman movie universe big enough for two Jokers at the same time? Or is Leto’s time better served elsewhere?