It has come out that Jared Leto tried to use his influence to stop “Joker” being made while it was in its development stages.
He would call his agents (who also represented the movies writer, director, and producer Todd Phillips) complaining about it. When they didn’t succeed having it stopped, he ended his relationship with them, feeling they should have told him about the Phillips version earlier and argued harder for his own Joker movie.
He also asked his music manager, Irving Azoff, one of the most influential people in entertainment, to call the manager of Warner Bros parent company to halt the film. Leto has since ended his relationship, Azoff.
The actor, who played the character in “Suicide Squad,” felt he had been strung along after being promised his own Joker stand-alone movie, only for Warner Bros to go with Todd Phillips version starring Joaquin Phoenix instead.
Reportedly the Director of Suicide Squad David Ayer and Warner Bros were not pleased with Leto’s performance, and this resulted in them cutting his footage down to just 10 minutes and moving away from a solo film with him. It has been confirmed he will not reprise the role in the upcoming DC Movies “Birds of Prey” (a Harley Quinn spinoff) or in “The Suicide Squad” sequel due out in 2021.
It should be noted that Leto is still working with Warner Bros and currently shooting John Lee Hancock’s “Little Things” alongside Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.