Last week, news leaked that Warner Bros. was crafting a new Joker movie outside of the standard DC Extended Universe produced by Martin Scorsese, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, and, if they get their way, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker. Even though absolutely nothing has been confirmed, the news was quite a shock and more than a little confusing for those who thought Warner Bros. already had a Joker: Jared Leto.
The plans for another Joker movie come as Warner Bros. is reportedly keen to create stand-alone movies outside of their Extended Universe using the same characters as the DC comic book movies. So in other words, any Joker movie without Leto would function outside of the pre-existing DCEU but presumably be released alongside the upcoming DCEU movies. Hence the confusion.
During a recent interview, Leto was asked about the rumors and the possibility of the conflicting roles and movies.
"I’m a little confused, too," Leto admitted. "There are a couple of things happening in the DC world."
But Leto is also aware that he is not the first actor to have played the Joker, and he is not likely to be the last.
"I love the Joker," Leto explained. "He’s a great character and really fun character to play. But it’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there. You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off."
Sounds like Leto is being polite and holding back any stronger feelings he might have about the rumors. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported on the new Scorsese/Phillips/possibly DiCaprio Joker movie, Leto "made his displeasure with the notion of multiple Jokers known to his agents" upon hearing the news the first time.
"There are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them," Leto concluded.