Joker Returns for Additional Justice League Footage
Joker is coming back for another laugh. The Clown Prince of Crime, played by Jared Leto, last appeared in Suicide Squad. Leto’s portrayal, which resembled a tattooed street punk over the traditional look, proved divisive. Several of his on-set antics didn’t help either. While The Harlequin of Hate was seen (from behind) in Birds of Prey, he was portrayed by a stand-in and filmed from behind. Not too long after Suicide Squad was released, director Zack Snyder stepped down from Justice League due to family tragedy. Joss Whedon took over the film, leading to a Frankenstein’s Monster of a theatrical cut that audiences did not receive well. However, Snyder is getting a second chance to do the film how he wanted it. With the Snyder Cut, it seems Leto is getting a second chance at Joker.
On Tuesday, Snyder released a photo of Leto as Joker, which was part of additional filming for the cut.
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Joker Is a Knightmare
The photos show a radical change for Leto’s Joker. His hair is longer and unkempt, and he wears a prison uniform. Most noticeably, the facial tattoos that were derided as a design element are gone. This version of the character also is part of the Knightmare reality from Batman v Superman. It appears Batman, in that possible vision of the future, will consult his former nemesis on how to stop Superman. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Snyder says:
“The cool thing about the scene is that it’s Joker talking directly to Batman about Batman. It’s Joker analyzing Batman about who he is and what he is. That’s the thing I also felt like fans deserved from the DC Universe. That is to say, the Jared Leto Joker and the Ben Affleck Batman, they never really got together. It seemed uncool to me that we would make it all the way through this incarnation of Batman and Joker without seeing them come together.”
It does beg the question of whether this new vision of Justice League will be a one-off, or will overwrite the theatrical release.
The director’s cut of Justice League airs on HBOMax on March 18th.