In a major development for the DCEU, Jared Leto is officially returning as Joker in the highly anticipated 'Snyder Cut' of Justice League.
Leto portrayed the Clown Prince of Gotham in 2016's Suicide Squad, which, despite being a critical failure, set the cash registers earning and earned an Academy Award in the process.
The Joker is one of the most iconic villains in the history of comic books and has been portrayed exceptionally on screen by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and most recently, Joaquin Phoenix, each of whom lent their own unique spin to Batman's formidable foe.
Jared Leto's Joker was modified to resemble a manic gangster/ crime lord, replete with green hair and a slew of tattoos. While his portrayal invited a mixed reception from fans, several believe that his caliber actor certainly deserved a second chance to do justice to the Jester of Genocide.
It seems like their pleas have now been heard, as according to an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto has officially joined The Snyder Cut.
The Snyder Cut is one of the most anticipated versions of the Justice League, as fans are eager to forget Joss Whedon's 2017 mess after Snyder was forced to exit the project before its completion.
The movie is being billed as a definitive edition, in tune with Zack Snyder's trademark style and true to his vision.
Soon after news of Jared Leto's return went viral, the online community responded enthusiastically to this major development.
Jared Leto Vs. Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's Justice League?
Ever since Robert Pattinson took up the cowl in Matt Reeves' upcoming film, The Batman, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of Ben Affleck's Batman.
Affleck portrayed an older, buff version of Bruce Wayne/ Batman and was expected to reprise his role until Robert Pattinson was officially cast as a younger Bruce Wayne. However, Affleck fans have reason to rejoice as he is officially set to return on HBO Max for The Snyder Cut.
This now sets up a potential mouth-watering clash between Ben Affleck's Batman and Jared Leto's Joker, which has been teased for quite a while now.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting is already underway for a planned four-episode event series next year:
"The project, officially titled Zack Snyder's Justice League, is being overseen by HBO Max, which is financing the new round of shooting and the completion of the many unfinished scenes, and will air as a four-episode event series next year."
"Shooting is currently underway with Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Amber Heard among those involved, on top of Leto. It is unclear which other actors are included"
This breakthrough development has certainly left fans excited, as several of them responded to Jared Leto's return on Twitter:
As evident from the tweets above, the hype surrounding Zack Snyder's Justice League just got a lot more real, courtesy of Jared Leto officially returning as Joker.
Published 22 Oct 2020, 09:56 IST