Earlier today, James Gunn revealed the official cast list for The Suicide Squad. Although response from fans has been mostly positive, some fans of actor Jared Leto expressed disappointment over his absence.
Jared Leto played The Joker in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016. Jared Leto’s portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike – but that’s not to say that Jared Leto’s Joker didn’t have any fans. In fact, here are a few fans expressing their disappointment over his absence from James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad:
Where’s Jared Leto? ??
— LOSTy (@LOSTyGIRL) September 13, 2019
Can we expect Jared Leto to at least reprise his role as Joker? I would love to see your take James on The Joker and Harley Quinn dynamic or at least see it set up & done right! I'm sure you can't talk about it even if he had the smallest cameo…?
— ?HE ?OKER'S ?ORNER ? (@JokersCornerYT) September 13, 2019
Where's Jared Leto?
— Ken Adams (@KenAdamsmadAneK) September 13, 2019
What about will smith and Jared Leto
— Logan Hatfield (@LoganHa62630759) September 13, 2019
— Abi Velo (@mariachitoast) September 13, 2019
Some have already speculated that James Gunn was not interested in having Jared Leto reprise his role as The Joker in The Suicide Squad given that in 2018, Gunn tweeted the following, which insinuated that the actor hits on underage girls:
He starts at 18 on the Internet?
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 16, 2018
In the meantime, while his Joker will not appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, Jared Leto will return to the comic book movie genre with his role in Sony’s upcoming Morbius film, which will hit theaters on July 31, 2020.
The first Suicide Squad followed a team of supervillains who were recruited by the government for a dangerous black ops mission in exchange for reduced sentences. The ensemble cast included Will Smith as Deadshot, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Jared Leto as The Joker. James Gunn is expected to deliver on the fresh take on the supervillain team in his upcoming movie,
Written and directed by James Gunn, the film stars Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, David Dastmalchian, John Cena, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Mayling Ng, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alice Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland and Michael Rooker.
The Suicide Squad will be released in theaters on August 6, 2021.