As we all know by now, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole director Zack Snyder is currently hard at work on the fabled "Snyder Cut" of Justice League thanks to an aggressively needy fan campaign and presumably HBO Max's desire to prevent subscribers from reaching the Arli$$-filled bottom of their content barrel. Well, it turns out that The Snyder cut is less of an alternate edit of a pre-existing film and more an entirely new movie with reshoot costs reportedly totaling $70 million. To put that in perspective, you could remake almost the entire Saw franchise for that much dough.
Perhaps most surprising is the recent news that the cast of the new Justice League will feature, not just the familiar faces from the version we've already seen, but also Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad. Remember the guy who looked like 6ix9ine drunkenly hooked-up with a Hot Topic and their love child started a My Chemical Romance cover band?
This is weird for a few reasons. For one thing, even fans of the recent DC movies seem to vastly prefer another dude's take on The Joker. Plus, one of the most critically-praised movies set in this same cinematic universe was the one that pointedly omitted Leto's Joker from any on screen appearances.
It's hard to imagine that many people are super-jazzed about Jared Leto in general right now; he was cast as Joker following his Oscar-winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club in 2013, which was heavily criticized by the Trans community. Then he used his newfound cred to go full method on the set of Suicide Squad for the same role that previous actors didn't even bother to shave for. Leto sent live rats and used condoms to his co-stars, which seems less like a thing the Clown Prince of Crime would do and more like the behavior of a shitty self-entitled Hollywood star looking to satisfy their own toxic impulses behind the flimsy veneer of character-building.
As further evidence of society's newfound indifference to Leto, have we all forgotten that he is already starring as another comic book villain in an upcoming movie? Remember Morbius, the vampiric Spider-Man spin-off absolutely nobody is talking about?
Of course, it's entirely possible that the last person to learn about this Joker news will be Leto himself whenever he next re-emerges back into society.
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