Jared Leto Tried to Kill the Joaquin Phoenix 'Joker' Movie

Carla Harmon
October 20, 2019

Granted, in terms of the overall finished product, Suicide Squad wasn't even close to The Dark Knight, Tim Burton's Batman, and Joker.

The success of Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips' R-rated take on Joker proves that audiences across the world have a huge appetite for the character.

A few weeks ago, the same publication said that Leto was reportedly feeling "alienated and upset" by the film and the latest report states that the Oscar-winning star of Dallas Buyers Club wanted to "kill the Phillips film".


They parted ways, partly because, as sources told The Hollywood Reporter, Leto believed that he should have been told about Phillips' Joker sooner, his agents should have gotten the film killed, and should have barracked for him getting his own comic flick.

Leto, 47, who played the psychopathic villain in "Suicide Squad", complained about the film to his agents, who also represent "Joker" director Todd Phillips, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who cited sources. "Sources say Leto told his agents that they should stop the rival project, arguing that he wasn't being treated properly as an Oscar victor".

Leto's frustration that Warner Bros. was moving ahead with the Phillips project was so great early on that he tried to throttle the rival Joker in its cradle.


The industry outlet previously wrote that Leto felt thwarted, as he may have been promised his own standalone Joker movie.

"How do you play the Joker you established following [Phoenix]?". There had been talk of a Leto Joker film, or maybe a Joker and Harley Quinn movie with he and Margot Robbie.

The new THR report says that the studio "wasn't thrilled" with Leto's antics on Suicide Squad, which contributed to his part being cut down to roughly 10 minutes in the final film.


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