Oscar winner eyeing The Joker for David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad”

66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)It was recently announced that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were setting forth on a DC Cinematic Universe. Among the many films announced for production was “Suicide Squad,” the story of a group of supervillains forced to perform dangerous missions as penance for their crimes.

It has already been revealed that David Ayer, the writer/director of the World War II drama “Fury,” would be writing and directing this film. However, nothing else has come from the film’s camp as of late. That is until two weeks ago when it was announced Jesse Eisenberg was in talks to reprise his role of Lex Luthor, whom the actor will be portraying in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Now, while that announcement seemed rather expected, as it was revealed that Eisenberg has signed a multi-film deal with DC, the news that came up this week was downright shocking. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Academy Award Winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) was in talks with Warner Bros. to portray perhaps the most famous comic book villain in history, The Joker. This comes on the heels of The Wrap reporting that the role was originally offered to Ryan Gosling, but the actor was unwilling to sign a multi-picture deal.

It was not originally expected that The Joker would be in “Suicide Squad.” However, David Ayer admitted that the script has been going through rewrites in order to include the Clown Prince of Crime. In recent interviews Leto has been subtly hinting at his involvement with “Something big.” The Oscar winner was quoted as saying, “I do have my eye on one project. I am excited about what’s happening. There are incredible opportunities and I’m very grateful for them. I’m looking forward to making films again now that the tour is wrapping up. It’s going to be an exciting 2015.” Of course, Leto wouldn’t offer any details about the said project, saying “I’ve sworn to keep my mouth shut but I think that very shortly there will be something to talk about, that’s for sure.”

With the addition of a well known character like The Joker to Ayer’s film, it seems he and Warner Bros. have begun garnering excitement for a rather unknown DC property. Time will only tell if the hype will mean extra dollars when the film is released on August 5, 2016.

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