Jared Leto was not happy when Warner Bros. decided to replace him with a Joaquin Phoenix-led film.
The new Joker has quickly become a fan-favourite, raking in almost $300 million (£270m) since its release a week ago.
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.
However, the actor has yet to officially comment on the new Joker being immensely more popular than his version of the villain.
Back in 2017, Jared said he was ‘confused’ at this non-involvement in the character’s future. 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.
‘It’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honour of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off.
‘But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them’.
Jared was already upset at his lack of screen time in Suicide Squad, but so were we when we realised he was there for five whole minutes before crashing his helicopter into oblivion. We all thought he died from it but director David Ayer revealed what actually happened.
‘After Joker dropped [Harley Quinn] from the help and crashed, Enchantress made a deal with him,’ he tweeted. ‘He was going to take Harley home and be King of Gotham. Harley stood up to him and refused to betray her new friends. The Squad turned on him and he escaped.’
There was a chance of Jared returning as the Joker after all…
Except, there really wasn’t.
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.
Yikes, let’s hope Jared doesn’t get too upset at Warner Bros.
Story sourced from – The Metro