– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The DC films seem to be at a crossroads right now. It would have been easy for them to keep on chugging along in the DC Extended Universe (or at least it would have been less confusing), but Warner Bros. realized it would have resulted in them not fully utilizing their intellectual property.

It’s with that in mind that we’ve learned of Warners’ plans to develop a Joker origin film. This Joker film would not be set in the DCEU, and would star a different actor as the Joker.

Given the state of the DCEU right now (where we’re not sure which movies will come out, and if they’ll be successful), it just adds an extra layer of confusion.

Turns out we’re not the only ones. Speaking at a Destiny 2 launch event, actor Jared Leto, who plays the Joker in Suicide Squad, admitted his own confusion when asked if he’d be a part of the Joker and Harley Quinn spinoff.

“Yeah, I think so. I’m a little confused too. Yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world.”

Sadly, Leto wouldn’t go into detail about what those plans are, and while he answered in the affirmative to that question, he wasn’t exactly brimming with confidence.

However, he did go on to express his love of playing the character.

“I love the Joker. He’s a great character and really fun character to play. But it’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. There are other films that are in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”

This comment is a bit important because it is in contrast with a recent report that stated he was upset about the Joker origin film news, and let his agency know. Then again, if true, that was a statement made behind closed doors, and this is a statement made to the public, so there’s a difference in that.

At the very least, it shows a willingness for Leto to play ball with the studio. He may be upset about this, but the fact that he realizes this role is a baton he’s carrying is important in this grand scheme.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.