James Gunn Explains Why The Suicide Squad Doesn’t Need Jared Leto’s Joker

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Welp… this is awkward for Jared Leto. The actor apparently hasn’t been happy about the disregard for his version of the character. And fans of the stylish and tattooed Joker were disappointed to see that the huge cast list for The Suicide Squad did not include Leto. Here’s what Gunn says about the villainous clown in the midst of filming:

James Gunn posted this on his Instagram story during a Q&A where one fan asked him how he can justify having a Suicide Squad movie without Joker. Now, Gunn didn’t come out and say Joker will not be appearing in his upcoming take on the DC property, but he did aptly point out Joker isn’t part of the Suicide Squad comics to begin with.

Joker only became associated with the team of villians in David Ayer’s 2016 flick to explain the origin story of Harley Quinn and to add to the conflict of the story. He was a supporting character who didn’t actually hang out with the gang. So Gunn is absolutely right! There’s certainly no need to inject Jared Leto’s Joker into his Suicide Squad movie.

It’s still possible Jared Leto’s Joker could cameo or make a surprise appearance! We know Harley Quinn will be a key player in the movie, but it seems as though Birds of Prey could write him out of her story and make him irrelevant as she learns to fly solo and with the other birds. So heading into The Suicide Squad following her “emancipation,” it seems unlikely Leto’s Joker will come into play.

And let’s not forget about all the big stars being introduced in James Gunn’s DC movie. His recently released official cast list included 24 talented actors, including John Cena, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi and Idris Elba. Audiences might forget who Joker is considering all these names and potentially exciting characters coming to the film. Plus, along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, we also have the return of Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller.

What do you think? Would you be excited to see Jared Leto’s Clown Prince of Crime show up in The Suicide Squad coming on August 6, 2021? Sound off in the comments below!

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