Zack Snyder: Jared Leto’s Joker Will Sport New Look

Not only is Jared Leto’s reprisal of the maniacal Joker in Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of 2017’s Justice League a surprise to fans, but the Clown Prince of Crime will have a whole new look in the film.

The controversial–and much-discussed–“Snyder Cut” is planned as a four-hour, four-episode event on HBO Max for sometime next year, as reported here in Horror News Network. And now, this week, the filmmaker dropped some hints about his Justice League project–including intriguing insights into Leto’s interpretation of the Joker, according to

Snyder wanted Leto’s Joker in his director’s cut as part of his attempt to finish the movie as he originally envisioned it, before he was forced to leave the project due to the death of his daughter. Joss Whedon took over at that point, guiding the film through post-production, including shooting some additional scenes.

Leto’s Joker–a definite departure from the character as portrayed by Oscar winners Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix–had only appeared before in 2016’s Suicide Squad, not in the original Justice League. But Snyder wanted the Joker is his final cut and reached out to the actor. And, as the director explained this week, some changes were made to The Batman’s arch-enemy for this film.

When asked about the Joker’s new look, Snyder said, “It’s true. I wanted to honor what had been created with him–I thought it was really cool–but some water has gone under the proverbial bridge between when last we saw Joker and this appearance. He’s a road-weary Joker. I guess that’s a way of saying it.”

Whatever the surprise scene entails, it likely will only amount to little more than a cameo. Snyder said his entire addition to the original Justice League film only comes to about five minutes, but it was a good experience. “Working with Jared was really amazing,” Snyder said. “He really cares a lot about it being awesome. It was fun, and everyone did an amazing job.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for more details–including an exact debut date–for Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max.


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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