Actor Jared Leto will play Batman’s archnemesis, the Joker, in the upcoming 2016 comic book film “Suicide Squad.” This will be the Joker’s first appearance in a live action film since Heather Ledger’s legendary and iconic performance as the Clown Prince of Crime in 2008’s “The Dark Knight”. According to Screenrant, rumors are swirling that the Joker will spend most of the film in a prison, before possibly gaining his freedom near the end of the film. “Suicide Squad” will also feature the first live action theatrical film appearance of Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, the Joker’s female sidekick in the “Batman” comic book universe.
BNY Mellon has said that the “Suicide Squad” director David Ayers said on Twitter that Jared Leto’s version of the Joker will be “majestic.” The Joker is known more for chaos than majesty, so his comments have added more fuel to the fire as fans anticipate how Leto’s interpretation of the character could be different than what has been seen before. Recent set photos of Leto without his ubiquitous long hair and beard have also stoked speculation.
“Suicide Squad” will take place in the same universe as the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” film, and this may lead to Batman and the Joker facing each other on the silver screen again in a solo movie in the future