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He's one of the most iconic villains in the history of storytelling -- the baddest of the bad. Joker is the sort of evil that audiences cannot help but love, and his stories have become some of the most iconic of all time. Jared Leto will soon bring his own unique take on the character to life in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, but were does he go from there? Joker can pop up in plenty of DC stories, but Leto has his own idea as to where the Clown Prince of Crime should appear next.
Jared Leto recently spoke to the Toronto Sun and admitted that he would like to see The Joker face off against his arch nemesis in his next silver screen appearance. He said:
There's definitely no denying that Jared Leto has a distinct passion for playing this iconic villain. Make no mistake, he sees a silver screen future for this particular incarnation of The Joker, and he considers Suicide Squad to be a proper introduction to the character. If he has his way he will get to play the character again in Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie, allowing these two rivals to properly face off against one another.
Having Jared Leto's Joker face off against Ben Affleck's Batman would make a great deal of sense. The Clown Prince of Crime and The Dark Knight are two of the most bitter enemies in all of DC comics, and fans would undoubtedly flock to see them take each other on in Ben Affleck's solo movie. Most of the rumors seem to point towards the Batman solo movie taking the form of a "villain-heavy" adventure set within the confines of Arkham Asylum. If this turns out to be the case, then Joker would undoubtedly make an appearance, as he has played a central role in most of the Arkham stories, from the Arkham Asylum video game to Grant Morrison's A Serious House On Serious Earth.
At this point nobody really knows what Warner Bros. has in store for the DCEU. Joker could very easily make his next appearance in the solo Batman movie, but then again there are plenty of other options available. Rumors have swirled that Harley Quinn could very well get her own movie following her breakout role in Suicide Squad, and as such it would be amazing to see her toxic relationship with Mr. J explored even further -- without the influence of any DC heroes on screen.
Although Suicide Squad has not even hit theaters yet, we already have a distinct feeling that Jared Leto will soon join the iconic ranks of Caesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, and Heath Ledger. We will know for sure once the long-awaited super villain team-up film hits theaters on August 5.