For nearly as long as Batman has been fighting crime in the comic book pages, The Joker has been his sworn nemesis. Debuting in 1940, only a year after the Dark Knight first showed up, Gotham City's Clown Prince of Crime is unquestionably Batman's most well-known adversary, which means that there have been numerous adaptations of him in other media. The most recent live action Joker was played by Jared Leto in 2016's Suicide Squad. Nearly two full years after that movie's release, it was recently reported that DC and Warner Bros are developing a solo movie for Leto's Joker, which the actor would also executive produce.

It's no secret that DC has a lot of movies in the works, but news of this particular project has been met with especially mixed reception, and I find myself firmly in the camp that this creative endeavor is completely unnecessary. Granted, it's possible there may be a way to make this particular Joker tale sound more exciting, but otherwise, here are the chief reasons why this movie doesn't need to be made.

We Haven't Spent Enough Time With This Joker

Although he was one of the most heavily advertised characters in the lead-up to Suicide Squad, he barely appeared in the movie, though that's not to say he merely cameoed. Jared Leto's Clown Prince of Crime performed two functions in Suicide Squad: to flesh out Harley Quinn's past and to try to free his girlfriend from Task Force X's clutches.The former was certainly helpful, but the latter didn't go according to plan, though at the end of Suicide Squad, Joker and his men broke into Belle Reve and rescued Harley. Nevertheless, in total we probably spent at most 15 minutes with Leto's version of The Joker. That's not enough time for us to get a true grasp on this version of the character, and considering how polarizing the reception was towards Leto's portrayal, DC would be better off waiting to better utilize him in a supporting role rather than just give him a standalone story next. Speaking of which...

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