‘Joker’: Warner Bros. Execs Had To Deal With ‘Unhappy’ Jared Leto

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Warner Bros. had to reportedly deal with an unhappy Jared Leto when it came to producing the smash-hit Joker.

Joker is the talk of the town all over the world as thousands flock to see the dark and mature telling of the Joker origin story. With the film grossing half a billion dollars worldwide and gathering critical acclaim for star Joaquin Phoenix, it’s hard not to imagine Warner Bros. executives gleaming with excitement. However, their road to heaven had a tiny hurdle: Jared Leto.

Remember Jared Leto? The Joker from Suicide Squad? Apparently, that’s how Jared Leto felt when Warner Bros. announced that a standalone Joker film was going to be produced without him. In an article by The New York Times that details the film’s road to financial and critical acclaim, they discussed how one of the major hurdles Warner Bros. had to face was Jared Leto’s unhappiness towards the situation.

According to the New York Times, Jared Leto “was not keen to have a competing performance.” The article doesn’t go into detail how Jared Leto expressed these sentiments but they probably boiled down to a few angry e-mails and phone calls. After all, he continues to be undermined by Warner Bros. regarding his Joker. It’s hard not to image how Jared Leto felt about this betrayal by Warner Bros. Jared Leto has been vocal about how the studio mistreated his interpretation of the Joker from Suicide Squad and how a majority of his footage was cut from the final version of the film. Beyond that, Jared Leto won’t be appearing in the upcoming Warner Bros. sequel/reboot of Suicide Squad, which is being directed by James Gunn.

What are your thoughts on Jared Leto being upset with Warner Bros. over Joker? Let us know in the comments!

Here is the official synopsis for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker:

Director Todd Phillips “Joker” centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

Directed by Todd Phillips from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, Joker stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Brett Cullen, Glenn Fleshler, Douglas Hodge, Marc Maron, Josh Pais, and Shea Whigham.

Joker is now in theaters everywhere. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto and the future of the DC Extended Universe!

Source: The New York Times

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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