The Snyder Cut of Justice League has been easily the most discussed new DC property throughout 2020 after being teased on and off for the last three years. Much of this is due to not only the ongoing stories unveiling the truth behind Joss Whedon taking over directorial duties, but also the surprising additions of characters like Amber Heard's Mera and Jared Leto's Joker to this retelling of the DC Extended Universe team-up movie.
Right now, there is no word on exactly how these recurring characters will work their way into the plot of Snyder's director's cut of Justice League, especially considering that Jared Leto's Joker was nowhere to be seen in the film's original theatrical release. Discussions on his second DCEU appearance since 2016's Suicide Squad have flooded the internet since the announcement was first made, and more details have just arrived from the man helping to bring Leto back into the fold.
In a recent interview with Grace Randolph on the Beyond the Trailer Youtube channel, DCEU director Zack Snyder expanded on what fans should expect from Jared Leto's Joker when he appears in the Snyder Cut of Justice League. Expected to still take place after Suicide Squad in the DCEU timeline, Snyder gave this quote teasing what the classic Batman villain has been through since his first movie,:
I wanted to of course, you know, honor what had been crated with him, because I thought it was really cool…Some water has gone under the proverbial bridge between when last we saw Joker and this appearance, so yeah, he’s made some…he’s a road-weary Joker.
The full interview with Grace Randolph can be seen in the video below, with his remarks on the Joker coming at the 5:06 mark:
These quotes also come after Jared Leto recently took to Instagram to post this picture of himself with much longer hair than he sported in his first run as the Joker:
WHAT THIS MEANS
These two post don't provide anything definitive about what should be expected for the Joker's return in the DCEU, but they do indicate something new and exciting when the Snyder Cut ultimately debuts next year. Jared Leto's first performance as the Joker came with its fair share of controversy, notably that he only had about ten minutes of screen time, and there are also major behind-the-scenes issues to take into account with director David Ayer accusing Geoff Johns of butchering his original story.
Leto's Joker will come as the third major villain to be included in the Synder Cut alongside Ray Porter's Darkseid and a new and improved version of Steppenwolf from the original release of Justice League. The iconic Batman villain was last seen taking out a handful of guards surrounding Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and releasing her after she believed he had been killed, setting up the potential for even more mayhem after the events of Suicide Squad.
The Snyder Cut of Justice League will premiere as a four-part series on HBO Max sometime in 2021.