See ya Jared. Apparently Jared Leto is out as the Joker for DC Films.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, neither James Gunn’s The Suicide Squadnor Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will feature an appearance by Leto’s Joker. “How do you play the Joker you established following [Phoenix]? It kind of ends his Joker run,” said one of THR’s sources.
Sources continue to tell The Hollywood Reporter that Leto’s frustration that Warner Bros. was moving ahead with the Phillips project was so great early on that he tried to throttle the rival Joker in its cradle.
According to sources familiar with Leto’s behavior, when the Oscar-winning actor learned of the Phillips project, he not only complained bitterly to his agents at CAA, who also represent Phillips, but asked his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call the leader of Warners parent company (it’s unclear whether it was Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes or AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, depending on the timing). The idea was to get Warners to kill the Phillips film.
A source in Leto’s camp denies that the actor made this request, and Azoff declined to comment. Azoff and Leto have since parted ways.
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