James Gunn On Joker: Why Jared Leto Will Not Be In The Suicide Squad And Harley Quinn Will

I couldn’t stand Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad. His clothes reminded me of a hipster mobster, his tattoos were so terrible, and his method acting was just cringy. While Jared Leto’s Joker was in Zach Snyder’s Justice League, there doesn’t seem to be any plans on bringing him back to the DC movies. Pour the champagne! You know who else wasn’t a fan of Leto’s take on the Joker, director of The Suicide Squad, James Gunn. In an interview with The New York Times, Gunn was asked about The Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn, and if Leto would return.

James Gunn shares why Jared Leto won't be in The Suicide Squad

Interview With James Gunn

NY Times asked how much of his choices were defined by the previous Suicide Squad:

Not at all. I wanted to create what I thought of as the Suicide Squad. For me to react to David’s movie would make it the shadow of David’s movie. I wanted it to be its own thing completely. When Warner Bros. said they wanted me to do this, I watched the first movie for the first time, and I called them back and said, what do I have to keep from this movie? And they said, nothing. They said, listen, we would love it if Margot’s in the movie but she doesn’t have to be. You could come up with all new characters or you could keep all the same characters.

How Gunn sees Harley Quinn:

For me, Harley Quinn belongs on the wall next to Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk. Harley was pretty incredibly written by Paul Dini from the beginning, and so to be able to capture the essence of that character — her chaotic, sweet nature — and give her her due as the trickster and allow her to go wherever she wants, was surprising even to me as a writer.

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When asked if he would bring back Jared Leto:

Joker, no. I just don’t know why Joker would be in the Suicide Squad. He wouldn’t be helpful in that type of war situation.

It is a multi-protagonist film. We go off for a while with Margot, and Daniela [Melchior, who plays Ratcatcher 2] is the heart of the film in a lot of ways. But if there’s one protagonist, it’s Idris.

I’m really glad that Harley Quinn returned for The Suicide Squad. I love the character and after seeing the trailers, I’m excited to see this film. Now, I just have to wait for August 6.

What did you think of Jared Leto’s Joker? Are you okay with James Gunn’s decision to leave the character out? Let me know in the comments.

Source: NY Times

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Christine Malone

Christine is a true geek at heart. She loves fantasy, anime, Star Wars, comics, music, and so much more. Army brat, Army (Retired) wife, and Mom of 4 (1 Human, 2 Cats, and a Dog).

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