Despite being advertised as one of Suicide Squad's primary characters, The Joker didn't get a lot of screen time in the third DC Extended Universe entry. The result was moviegoers barely got to know this version of the Clown Prince of Crime, and Jared Leto was understandably upset that so much of his performance was trimmed. This seemingly reached its peak yesterday when Leto's alleged comments about being disappointed with how Joker was used in Suicide Squad were posted by a fan on Tumblr who heard him speak at the 30 Seconds To Mars Summer Camp.

It's since been reported that Jared Leto's comments were taken out of context and exaggerated, and the post that originally passed them along has since been deleted. There's no denying that Leto wasn't happy with how his role in Suicide Squad turned out, but as of now, I don't believe Leto is ready to jump ship, especially if Ben Affleck comes to him with a juicy part in the upcoming Batman movie. However, for the sake of argument, let's pretend that Leto is indeed extremely angry about what happened with Suicide Squad and either found a way out of his contract or Warner Bros decide to let him go due his comments. If he left this franchise, what would the studio's options be for The Joker? How could they get around this setback? Here are our three solutions.

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Keep The Joker In The Shadows

This is the easies one to pull off, but it would anger a lot of fans. If they want to keep Jared Leto's version of The Joker alive without the actor actually being around, then they simply don't show him again. The Batman movie could name drop the cackling villain, saying he's causing chaos elsewhere in Gotham City or even some other major city. Maybe the Caped Crusader's first DCEU solo adventure could begin with the hero having just delivered Joker back to Arkham Asylum. A Harley Quinn-centric movie is also in the works, and if by then she's transitioned into a more independent woman (like she in the current comics), then she could address to one of the other characters why she left the Clown and cut him out of her life.

The Joker is Batman's most famous adversary, and after five theatrical appearances (six if you include Zack Galifianakis playing the clown in The Lego Batman Movie next year), it's not like he's lacking for representation. If worse comes to worse, let's give more screen time to the antagonists who haven't had their proper due yet. However, many would undoubtedly see this as an unfortunate bait and switch. There was all this set up for the criminal, but no delivering on the goods.

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