Why so serious? You should be rejoicing, since there’s a new clown prince in town, and it ain’t Jared Leto anymore!
In a report from Forbes, we learned the fate of many DCU movie franchises, including The Suicide Squad series, where we learned the following about Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Jared Leto’s Joker:
The Suicide Squad sequel, meanwhile, is moving forward as a sort of soft reboot to some extent, and is expected to have a new cast of characters and avoid direct tie-in to the first film’s events. Harley Quinn is not expected to return, and James Gunn’s script will be a new approach and rethinking of the property.
The Mad Love-type Joker and Harley Quinn film has also fallen by the wayside, as has the solo Joker project for Jared Leto’s version of the character from Suicide Squad. With Gunn on board as director, the film has plenty of room to bring a new flavor to the series and to the world of DC films as well.
Fans were not too keen on Leto’s rendition of The Joker, while Robbie fared much better. With the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, it seems that Harley will transition into a much more heroic role, emancipated from the toxic Joker character.
On the plus side, we do have that Joaquin Phoenix “Joker” movie on the horizon, and that is shaping up to be very interesting looking.
As of now, Forbes has the following movies on the outlook for the DCU – Shazam! Joker. Wonder Woman 1984. Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Supergirl. The Suicide Squad. The Batman. Batgirl. The Trench. Aquaman 2. New Gods. Green Lantern Corps.
Aquaman 2 and Wonder Woman 3 will also surely end up on that list at some point.
What remains to be seen is how the DCU will remain now, as the films are mainly intended to be standalone features, and not necessarily all tied together in one universe.
Are you happy that Leto is out as The Joker for good?