KEY POINTS

  • Jared Leto will reprise the role of the Joker in Zack Snyder's version of "Justice League"
  • Leto has joined Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, and Ray Fisher in filming additional footage for the project
  • The actor portrayed the character in David Ayer's "Suicide Squad"

Jared Leto is set to reprise the role of the iconic comic-book villain the Joker in Zack Snyder’s version of the “Justice League.”

The actor, who portrayed the character in David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad,” has joined the cast of “Justice League” in the shooting of some additional scenes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Multiple sources told the media outlet that apart from Leto, stars such as Ben Affleck, Amber Heard, and Ray Fisher are currently filming the additional footage for the four-episode project. However, it is still unclear how important and big of a role the “Dallas Buyers Club” star would have in the Snyder Cut.

The publication also revealed that the project has officially been named “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and is being overseen by HBO Max.

On the other hand, insiders told the media outlet that Geoff Johns and Jon Berg won’t be receiving producer credits in the upcoming Snyder Cut. Johns and Berg were producers in the theatrical cut of the film directed by Joss Whedon.

A source also disclosed that the decision to remove both producers was not made after Ray Fisher’s controversial remarks on social media but was planned months ago.

Ayer’s version of “Suicide Squad” saw Leto playing the legendary comic-book character as a crime lord. The movie was panned by the critics and Leto’s portrayal of the clown prince of Gotham did not receive much praise either. 

As a result, Warner Bros. decided on going ahead with a new version of Joker and gave Todd Phillips the responsibility to direct a movie based on the character with Joaquin Phoenix playing the lead role. The move made Leto so furious that he allegedly tried to tell the studio that it should stop the film.

The movie, entitled "Joker," came out in 2019 and turned out to be a huge success. The project became the first R-rated movie of all time to earn more than $1 billion globally and received 11 nods at the Oscars. Phoenix went on to win the Best Actor accolade for his impeccable acting as the Joker.

As far as the “Justice League” is concerned, Snyder has already shared that he won’t use any footage from Whedon’s version of the project.

“ I would destroy the movie. I would set it on fire before I use a single frame that I did not photograph. That is a [explicit] hard fact. I would literally blow that [explicit] thing up,” Screen Rant quoted Snyder, as saying.

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” is expected to be released on HBO Max next year. 

Jared Leto The Joker Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) will appear alongside the new DC Cinematic Universe Joker (Jared Leto) in “Suicide Squad,” set to hit theaters in early August. Photo: Warner Bros.