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Jared Leto was reportedly "upset" by the move to make a solo Joker movie with Joaquin Phoenix

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Jared Leto – who donned Joker’s clown makeup in Suicide Squad (opens in new tab) – reportedly didn’t take too kindly to Warner Bros’ decision to make a solo Joker movie (opens in new tab) with Joaquin Phoenix.

The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) (THR) tucks away the tidbit in their piece on Martin Scorsese’s involvement with the Clown Prince of Crime’s origin story, citing sources that claim Leto was “alienated and upset by the move.”

Leto hasn’t reprised the role since his bit-part performance in Suicide Squad opposite Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. Robbie is returning to the DC Universe in 2020’s Birds of Prey – with the latest trailer (opens in new tab) revealing that Harley and her puddin’ called it quits, leaving Leto’s future with the character in limbo. Leto is also not currently part of the named cast for James Gunn’s 2021 Suicide Squad reboot.

The frustration may stem from a 2018 Variety (opens in new tab) report detailing plans for a Leto-led solo Joker movie, in which he was also attached to producer. That, ultimately, didn’t come to fruition – Forbes (opens in new tab) confirmed earlier this year that the project supposedly wasn’t going ahead after the Suicide Squad shake-up.

As for more Joker-related background news that never got off the ground: THR states that a “source close to Scorsese” indicated the legendary director of the likes of Goodfellas, Wolf of Wall Street (opens in new tab), and upcoming Netflix production The Irishman was also planning to helm Joker. A rep for Scorsese has outright denied it, saying he “had no intention to direct Joker.”

Phoenix’s Joker movie, directed by Todd Phillips, went on to gross over $90 million at the US box office over its opening weekend. No Leto, no Scorsese – but Joker still ended up having the last laugh.

Who is king of the clowns? Find out in our Joker rankings (opens in new tab) list, from Jared Leto to Joaquin Phoenix.

Bradley Russell
Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.