Jared Leto was reportedly so unhappy that Warner Bros. was going ahead with Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker film that he tried to get the project canceled.
A previous report said Leto felt alienated by the studio after learning Phoenix would become the character, but a new report by THR says that Leto did more than just stew about the project. According to sources familiar with Leto, when he found out about the new Joker project he complained bitterly to his agents at CAA, who also represents Joker director Todd Phillips, and also asked his music manager Irving Azoff to call the head of Warners and get the project killed.
Someone close to Jared Leto denied both of these allegations, but someone who has knowledge regarding the situation said that Azoff never made the call to Warner Bros. and the two have since parted ways. Jared Leto has also left CAA, with the Joker situation reportedly being the final nail in the coffin for the star’s relationship with the coveted agency. Jared Leto believed that his agents should have told him earlier about Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker getting the greenlight and fought for his version of the iconic Batman villain.
Phoenix’s Joker was never billed as a replacement for Leto’s Joker, as Phoenix and Phillips’ film exists as a stand-alone film outside of any continuity of DC’s other films. That said, it would seem we aren’t going to see Leto return as the Clown Prince of Crime anytime soon.
Joker stars Phoenix (Arthur Fleck/Joker), Zazie Beetz (Sophie Dumond), Robert De Niro (Murray Franklin), Brett Cullen (Thomas Wayne), Frances Conroy (Penny Fleck), Marc Maron (Ted Marco), Douglas Hodge (Alfred Pennyworth), Josh Pais (Hoyt Vaughn), Bryan Tyree Henry, Bryan Callen, Shea Whigham, and Glen Fleshler. You can find the official description below.
Joker is in theaters now.