Suicide Squad: Extended Cut just hit Amazon and iTunes yesterday and fans are already rejoicing over the extra minute and a half of footage featuring Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and The Joker (Jared Leto). But don’t get too excited.
After breaking word back in late 2014 that Jai Courtney would be cast as Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad, a personal source inside Warner Bros. is now suggesting that the company is looking to sever ties between Leto and the DC Universe in spite of his multi-film contract. Executives were said to be “less than thrilled” with the mixed audience reaction to Leto’s performance and had worries going into the theatrical release, which resulted in several minutes of Joker footage being nixed from both the Trailer Park/Ayer version and the extended edition, now available on digital platforms. Leto voicing his displeasure with the final cut in interviews after the fact, apparently, did not help his case either.
It’s unknown at this time if the studio is courting anyone to take Leto’s place in future installments, but The Joker will not have an appearance in Zack Snyder’s upcoming superhero team-up film Justice League and is not present in the current draft of Ben Affleck’s The Batman. Any plans to involve his character in the upcoming Margot Robbie-produced Harley Quinn/Sirens spin-off are intended to be kept to mere ‘references’ at this time.
Warner Bros. is looking to go ahead with Justice League and Wonder Woman in 2017 (the latter of which has prompted concerns amongst insiders), with Aquaman and the director-less Flash solo film scheduled to be released in 2018.