The DC Extended Universe is still a ways away from its next canonical release with James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, but that's far from the only major event this year for Warner Bros.
Director Zack Snyder is about two months away from bringing the long-awaited release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, which has been in the works on-and-off since the original movie debuted in 2017. With close to double the screen time of the theatrical release, Snyder will have the opportunity to not only expand on the story for the core heroes, but also to add classic DCEU characters from other movies in his HBO Max debut.
One of these new entries will be Jared Leto's Joker, who has only enjoyed about ten minutes of action in the DCEU thus far in 2016's Suicide Squad. Despite his lack of screen time, Leto has been quite vocal about his support for the long-time franchise mainstay.
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In a recent interview with Deadline via ComicBook.com, Joker actor Jared Leto commented on how the Justice League director Zack Snyder is "relentlessly committed to his actors and his vision." Leto heaped praise upon Snyder and expressed how lucky he feels to be a part of this journey:
"I love Zack Snyder and, from the early days and onward, he's a maverick, ruthlessly committed to his actors and his vision. I'm excited to see where he takes this. I really just think so highly of him and it's a whirlwind being part of these things. First of all, you're lucky to ever step into these shoes, or suits, or spandex, or whatever it is that you have. It's really fun to reinvent and explore, that's a really fun challenge that I like a lot."
LETO LOVES THE DCEU EXPERIENCE
For how much of the Joker's story was left on the cutting room floor for 2016's Suicide Squad, this hasn't seemed to damper Jared Leto's spirits in the slightest.
Zack Snyder's cut of Justice League has been the talk of the DC community since it was finally given the production green light last summer. Consdiering the stories that continue to come out about how former director Joss Whedon's mismanagement of the film and its production, Warner Bros. giving the go-ahead on the "Snyder Cut" really gave fans something to be excited about.
It's unknown whether Leto was art of Snyder's original plan for the film, but he has held back nothing when speaking of his joy and excitement to be a included in the Snyder Cut. This will be the first continuation of Joker's story since he rescued Harley Quinn from prison at the end of Suicide Squad, and Leto appears ready for his return.
Leto and Snyder clearly have a close relationship with one another through the production of this movie, and it will be interesting to see how it develops in the future. Jared Leto isn't currently set for any future DCEU projects, but that could all change after his return in Zack Snyder's Justice League, which will premiere on HBO Max in March 2021.