The success of Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillipsâ€™ R-rated take on Joker proves that audiences across the world have a huge appetite for the character.
But with Phoenix and Phillips insisting that Joker will be a one-off, stand alone movie that wonâ€™t have any sequels, DC fans are already wondering when they might get to see the super-villain on screen again.
Writer and director James Gunn has now played down any residual hope that Joker will be in his new take on Suicide Squad. During a recent Instagram Q&A Gunn was asked how he could justify making a Suicide Squad movie without Joker, which provoked the filmmaker to respond, â€œNo one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie. But if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part of the Suicide Squad in the comics.â€
Of course, the opening line of these remarks leaves the door slightly ajar for some surprising additions to the ensemble, but the fact that Joker wasnâ€™t included when Gunn formally announced the Suicide Squad roster last month means it seems unlikely heâ€™ll be involved.
A new piece fromÂ The Hollywood ReporterÂ has also quashed hopes that weâ€™ll ever see Jared Leto return as Joker, too. It alleges that the Oscar winner was so livid with Warner Bros for allowing Phillips and Phoenix to make their own movie on the character he had just portrayed in 2016â€™s Suicide Squad that he tried his best to get it stopped.
Sources for the article say â€œLetoâ€™s days as the Joker likely are over,â€ with another remarking, â€œHow do you play the Joker you established following [Phoenix? It kind of ends his Joker run.â€