It has been revealed that Jared Leto will play the role of The Joker in Zack Snyder Justice League, a surprise turn which will see the actor reprise his role in an entirely new context.
Leto, who played the classic DC villain role in 2016 film Suicide Squad, is joining the new project which has been dubbed the ‘Snyder Cut’ and will represent the director’s “definitive version of the 2017 superhero movie he was forced to exit and he never saw through completion,” according to an exclusive story obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
The new project, which is being overseen by HBO Max, sees Zack Snyder revisit the Justice League as he attempts to correct certain flaws from the original. The ‘Snyder Cut’ will implement themes, elements and ideas that the filmmaker had intended to include in the original film before he was forced to depart the 2016 production amid the tragic death of his daughter. Under the circumstances, Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film.
Given the fandom around the film and Snyder’s initial plans, many members of the film industry have passionately petitioned for the release of his first cut of Justice League. While it remained a mere pipedream for fans, Warner Bros. surprisingly agreed and decided to sanction the release of the ‘Synder Cut’. After heavy negotiations, Snyder finally announced that the original cut would be released as Zack Snyder’s Justice League in collaboration with the streaming service HBO Max.
According to insider information coming out of production, the restoration project has been handed a handsome budget of $70 million which will be used to complete the “visual effects, score, editing, and additional shooting.”
Leto’s addition adds yet more gravitas to the Snyder project as he joins the likes of Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Amber Heard for shooting additional scenes.
According to HBO, the film is due to be released in 2021.