Jared Leto To Return As Joker In Zack Snyder’s Justice League

by : Cameron Frew on : 21 Oct 2020 20:14
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Jared Leto will return as the Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League

The director’s upcoming four-hour cut of the 2017 superhero team-up is due to arrive on HBO Max next year.


Leto first played the Clown Prince of Crime in 2016’s critically-mired Suicide Squad, directed by David Ayer. Years later, he’s making a bid to put a smile on our faces once more.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning actor has joined Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Amber Heard in reshoots for Snyder’s version of the movie, the result of a fervent online fan campaign spanning years.

While original estimations put the budget at $30 million, it’s now being reported the Snyder Cut will cost at least $70 million to finish.

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In the time between Leto’s first and only performance as the Joker and now, Joaquin Phoenix brought his own version of the iconic supervillain to life with Academy Award-winning success. Meanwhile, Leto’s strange reimagining of the character evoked a mixed reaction, at best.

In an earlier conversation with Vox’s Recode Media podcast, Bob Greenblatt, former head of HBO Max, explained: ‘It isn’t as easy as going into the vault and there’s a Snyder Cut sitting there to put out. It does not exist.’


He added: ‘Zack is actually building it and it’s complex, including… new VFX shots. It’s a radical rethinking of that movie and it’s complicated and wildly expensive… I’ll just say I wish it was just $30 million and stop there. It’s an enormous undertaking and very complex.

Justice League: The Snyder Cut is set for release in 2021 on HBO Max. 

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Batman, DC, Film, HBO Max, Jared Leto, Joker, Justice League, Now


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