When the first image of Jared Leto’s version of the Joker popped up on the Internet, responses were… not good. While we knew to expect the character in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, some rumors are circulating which claim that the Joker will make an appearance in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice film.
Warner Bros knows Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has to kick off their shared universe of films in a big way. Much more than Man of Steel, the new installment will be as focused on world-building as telling a story. A re-introduction to Batman through Ben Affleck and big-screen debuts for Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and others are all expected to populate DC’s roster of movie heroes. Meanwhile, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad has the task of introducing a line-up of villains and anti-heroes, including the first on-screen appearance of fan-favorite Killer Croc and a re-introduction to the Joker through Jared Leto. This past week, David Ayer revealed his version of the Clown Prince of Gotham, and now we’ve learned that Leto’s presence in Toronto as the Joker will end up serving both films. A few weeks ago I’d heard murmurs of a flashback sequence that had supposedly been added to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where we’d see Jared Leto’s Joker beating and killing Jason Todd, aka Robin. I chose to sit on it until there was more information.