As far as the past year in superhero movies, it hasn’t been a particularly kind time for the DC Extended Universe. Sure, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad have become some of the most financially successful films of 2016, but critics and a significant portion of hardcore fans alike have labeled them both as disappointing additions to a shared universe that has yet to deliver an out-and-out winner on the order of (sorry for the comparison) the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Even Jared Leto — who appears all-too-briefly as the DCEU’s version of the Joker in Suicide Squad — has levied his own issues with the film. In a recent interview, the Oscar-winning actor claimed he felt “tricked” into working on the production and was unhappy that so much of his footage was cut. Though it’s pretty likely that Leto is already contracted for multiple films, we wonder if DC and Warner Bros. will simply opt to replace the actor instead, especially after his disparaging remarks.
In any case, the recently announced origin film about The Joker is not expected to feature Jared Leto in the starring role. Per sources cited by Deadline, the movie will be a standalone story without any connection to the DCEU. If Warner Bros. goes this route, we have a few ideas about who might slip into the role as the Clown Prince of Crime.
1. Ben Foster
Over the years, Ben Foster has proved himself a versatile talent able to go from heroic to downright insane from one film to the next. Thus far, his only brushes with superheroes have been supporting roles in both The Punisher and as Angel in X-Men: The Last Stand, but his string of interesting recent choices (Hell or High Water), geek cred in films like Warcraft, and onscreen unpredictability make him a great choice for the next Joker.