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Jared Leto’s Joker is Getting a Standalone Movie

While his main squeeze Harley Quinn will be starring in her own movie, it looks like Jared Leto’s Joker is getting his own standalone film. Variety reports that Leto will be both starring and executive producing the untitled film for Warner Bros. We first laid eyes on Leto’s iteration of the clown prince of chaos is David Ayer’s Suicide Squad back in 2016. That was also the film that Margot Robbie made her indelible impression as Harley Quinn, the lil’ monster who is as captivating as she is deadly. Robbie’s upcoming Quinn feature, Birds of Prey, will feature an ensemble of some of DC’s most riotous female characters, and now Warner Bros. is turning their sights to set up Leto’s Joker film.

You may remember that the studio already has another Joker project in the works—the origin story from director Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix. This film will fall under a new banner for Warner Bros, separating Phoenix’s Joker from Leto’s Joker, who will continue to exist in the DC cinematic universe. A slightly confusing set up, yet one that allows the studio to develop multiple projects for a single character. When you’re talking about arguably the greatest comic book villain of all time, perhaps there is no such thing as less is more.

Giving Leto’s Joker a standalone film will allow the star to expand on a role that was very limited in Suicide Squad. The plot details are being kept under lock and key, and we’re not sure whether or not the Joker will play a role in Suicide Squad 2. While we wait on further word about these projects, the DC universe has plenty of projects that are in the pipeline. James Wan’s highly anticipated take on Aquaman will hit theaters on December 21, with David F. Sandberg’s Shazam following on April 5, 2019. Then all eyes will be on Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2, which is coming on November 1, 2019.

We’ll let you know more about all these Joker projects the moment we find out.

Featured image: Jared Leto’s The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Courtesy Warner Bros. 

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