Zack Snyder Reveals First Image of Joker in “Justice League”
Well folks, we’ve finally got our first, admittedly blurry look at Jared Leto’s Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Snyder has revealed the image of Leto’s version of the Clown Prince of Chaos, who will be involved in some capacity in his upcoming HBO Max cut. The Joker was not a part of the original theatrical release of Justice League, which was shepherded by director Joss Whedon after Snyder had to leave the production. Snyder added Leto’s sociopathic Gothamite to the new scenes he shot with some of the original cast.
Let’s have a look, shall we?
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) February 2, 2021
Leto’s Joker was a fairly prominent part of David Ayer’s 2016 film Suicide Squad. The last we saw of him in that film, his attempt to rescue Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) went down in flames when his chopper was shot down. At the time, Leto’s Joker was going to appear in future DC films, but that never panned out. Until now.
We’ll be seeing Leto’s Joker mix it up with the Justice League gang in a little more than a month—HBO recently announced that Snyder’s long-awaited cut will stream on March 18. We had a sneaking suspicion that the film might drop a bit earlier than we’d originally suspected, and sure enough, here we are. After a fervent online community agitated for a #SnyderCut, HBO Max stepped into the breach and Snyder was able to do some re-shooting, new VFX work, new ADR work, and generally create the movie he’d intended to make all along.
Whether Leto’s Joker was originally part of that intention, or, if Snyder utilized his sudden momentum and added the most iconic villain in the DC canon, is largely moot now. Ready or not, Leto’s Joker gets to make his second appearance.
Here’s the official synopsis from HBO Max:
In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.
For more on Justice League, check out these stories:
Featured image: Teaser Art for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Courtesy Warner Bros./HBO Max.