Jared Leto’s Joker Back In ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

The Batman’s arch-enemy–the murderous Joker–has made a criminal career out of showing up unexpectedly–but this cinematic return is strange, even for him.

Jared Leto will reprise his role as the Joker from 2016’s Suicide Squad, appearing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League director’s cut film set to debut on HBO Max sometime next year, as reported by Deadline. This new version of the 2017 star-studded film will air as a four-episode event.

The much-ballyhooed reworking of Justice League (a film that was met with a polarized reaction from fans) is Snyder’s attempt to complete several unfinished scenes. The director left the project following the death of his daughter, leaving Joss Whedon to oversee the remainder of post-production–including writing and directing additional scenes.

The director’s cut–which is being shot now with Leto, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Amber Heard–is an unlikely place for Leto’s version of the Joker to appear–since the character was only briefly alluded to in the original film and never seen on screen.

Leto–who win a Best Supporting Oscar for his role in 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club–played a much different Joker that the one portrayed by Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight and Joaquin Phoenix in 2019’s Joker. Leto–sporting a set of bizarre tattoos for the part–described the role as “nearly Shakesperian” and a “beautiful disaster of a character.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for any other appearances by the Clown Prince of Crime or new genre roles for Jared Leto.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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