‘Birds Of Prey’ Director Cathy Yan On Not Recasting Jared Leto As Joker

Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan has revealed why she didn’t recast Jared Leto as The Joker for the film.

The Joker and Harley Quinn’s relationship has been pivotal to who they are as characters in the comics and that has quickly translated on the big scren. Jared Leto appeared as The Joker in Suicide Squad alongside Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and their relationship was as toxic as it was in the comics. Jared Leto’s portrayal of The Joker is one of the most loathed things about Suicide Squad, so the plot of Birds of Prey shouldn’t really shock anyone. In the film, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn has broken up with Jared Leto’s version of The Joker and she’s looking to become her own person.

Birds of Prey hits theaters in about a week and the one question on everyone’s mind is if Jared Leto makes an appearance as The Joker in the film. We’ve seen the film and can confirm that he does not appear in it and is only mentioned throughout. Fans of Jared Leto’s Joker shouldn’t be alarmed, however, as he wasn’t recast for Birds Of Prey, and we finally know why thanks to director Cathy Yan.

Earlier today, we were at the junket for Birds of Prey and we got the chance to sit down with director Cathy Yan. During our interview, she opened up about why she didn’t recast Jared Leto as The Joker in the film. You can read what Cathy Yan had to say on the matter below.

“Well for us, I think the movie starts with the breakup and then it’s all about Harley and we just wanted to work with that and whatever we needed him to be… just to show that he existed and that there was a breakup, but the focus of the movie is definitely not on The Joker.”

What do you think about Jared Leto’s Joker not appearing in the movie? Are you excited to see Cathy Yan’s vision of the Birds of Prey? Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Here is the official synopsis for Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey:

“You ever hear the one about the cop, the songbird, the psycho and the mafia princess? Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.”

Directed by Cathy Yan from a script penned by Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson, Birds of Prey stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Ali Wong, Robert Catrini, and Michael Masini have also been cast in undisclosed roles.

Birds of Prey will be released in theaters on February 7, 2020. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news on Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey and the future of the DC Extended Universe.

New ‘Titans’ Photos Show Off Aqualad And The Original Team

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Titans Aqualad 01DC Universe has released eight brand new images from the upcoming fourth episode of the second season of Titans entitled, "Aqualad".

"Aqualad" will explore the dynamic among Dick Grayson/Robin (Brenton Thwaites), Donna Troy/Wonder Girl (Conor Leslie), Hank Hall/Hawk (Alan Ritchson), Dawn Granger/Dove (Minka Kelly) and Garth/Aqualad (Drew Van Acker) and how four years prior, their tight-knit family dynamic developed only to have their personal feelings bleed more into their work only to be exacerbated by the arrival of a new villain.

These new images give fans a new look at Drew Van Acker as Aqualad as well as a couple of new looks at the original team united together for action. In particular, we get our best look at how the Aqualad suit translates onscreen in live-action form.

You can check out the rest of the gallery for "Aqualad" by clicking "Next".

Here is the official synopsis for season two:

In Season 2, following the aftermath of their encounter with Trigon, Dick reforms the Titans. Under his supervision in their new home at Titans Tower, Rachel, Gar and Jason Todd train together to hone their hero abilities and work together as a team. They are joined by Hank Hall and Dawn Granger aka Hawk and Dove and Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl. Although these original Titans attempt to transition into a regular life, when old enemies resurface everyone must come together to take care of unfinished business. And as this family of old and new Titans – including Conner Kent and Rose Wilson – learn to co-exist, the arrival of Deathstroke brings to light the sins of the old Titans which threaten to tear this new Titans family apart once more.

The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Robin/Nightwing, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. Newcomers for its sophomore outing include Joshua Orpin and Esai Morales playing Superboy and Deathstroke, respectively, while Chella Man and Chelsea Zhang have also joined the cast as Deathstroke’s children Jericho and Ravager. Natalie Gumede has signed on to play Mercy Graves and Game of Thrones star Iain Glen is on board as Bruce Wayne.

Titans season two is now airing on DC Universe.

Source: DC Universe

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Nathaniel Brail

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