– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Before Batman v Superman actually hit theaters, things did seem to be looking up for the DC Extended Universe (though there were still plenty of those who were rooting for it to fail). Ben Affleck was fresh off an Oscar, and for its new take on the Joker, we’d be getting another Oscar winner in the form of Jared Leto, who’d just locked down a trophy for his work on Dallas Buyers Club.

Unfortunately, his take on the Joker was panned by a good number of critics and fans, and as far as we know, there are currently no plans to bring the Joker back into the DCEU any time soon. You can imagine, however, that when the Joker film was announced, that it didn’t go over well with Leto, who likely wanted more to do with the character in Suicide Squad.

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Now, according to THR, that’s pretty much confirmed, with the outlet stating:

“Tsujihara and Emmerich greenlit Joker, which cost less than $70 million, leaving Jared Leto — who played Joker in Suicide Squad — alienated and upset by the move.”

You can’t really blame Leto. Joker is one of those characters with the potential for amazing portrayals, as was proven by Heath Ledger, and the fact that Phoenix is getting more of an opportunity to do so than he is has to sting a bit.

But what do you think? Do you think Joker will show up in the DCEU anymore, and do you blame Leto for being sad? Let us know down below!

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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.