A new report suggests Jared Leto wanted the new Joker movie stopped.

One of the side effects of the new Joker movie’s huge success is it decreases significantly the chance that we’ll get to see Jared Leto’s take on the character back on the big screen. He debuted his take on the role in 2016’s not brilliantly received Suicide Squad, and he’s not part of the ensemble for James Gunn’s now-in-production follow-up, The Suicide Squad.

Furthermore, Leto was said to be unhappy when it was confirmed a separate Joker film was pressing ahead, with Joaquin Phoenix in the role.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter is suggesting that Leto was unhappy to the point that he thought the Joker movie shouldn’t have gone ahead in the first place. “Sources say the actor felt his agents should have told him about the Phillips project earlier and fought harder for his version of Joker”, it reports, adding that sources also suggested “Leto told his agents that they should stop the rival project, arguing that he wasn’t being treated properly as an Oscar winner”.

It’s important to note that Leto has denied these suggestions, and is in fact working with Warner Bros on another project.

This may yet be a case of we don’t get the full story for a while yet. But also, it seems that Leto’s infamous effects to get into character for the Joker – sending his castmates odd gifts, his comments about his role getting cut back on the Suicide Squad press tour – didn’t win the studio over.

Joaquin Phoenix is expected to reprise the role now in an upcoming Joker 2. Expect confirmation of that in due course.

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