Jared Leto’s Joker to return in Zack Snyder’s Justice League

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Zack Snyder’s extended Justice League continues to move in interesting directions with the news that Jared Leto will return to a role he has publicly discredited.

Zack Snyder certainly has a grand vision for his uncut Justice League saga as he aims to supersede the 2017 movie that was completed in his absence, following his untimely departure from the project.

Now reimagined as a four part saga that will appear on streaming platform HBO Max, Snyder’s definitive version of his film keeps adding interesting elements, such as reshoots featuring Ben Affleck – who had previously quit the cape and cowl – as Batman again. Ray Fisher, despite currently being in the midst of a very public spat with Warner Bros. is also back to record new footage as Cyborg too.

Now things are taking an even more curious turn with The Hollywood Reporter stating that Jared Leto is returning to reprise his role as the Joker, a long-dormant version of the character that nobody expected to see return.

Following Leto’s clear dissatisfaction with the way his role was cut in the post-production process of 2016’s Suicide Squad, his time as the Crown Prince of Crime seemed to be over, especially given the tepid reception the character received. When Joaquin Phoenix was cast for Joker, the 2019 film focused on the character’s origin, and it seemed that Leto’s short-lived take was truly done.

Whether Leto’s role is a glorified cameo to send the character off properly or something more substantial, we’ll just have to wait and see.

What is certain is that the project itself continues to make interesting moves. Whilst we certainly hope it gives fans everything they want from the jumbo-sized version of the movie, if nothing else, it will certainly make for an interesting film story one day…

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