Jared Leto's Joker is really getting his own movie

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Despite yesterday's news about the new Jared Leto project, Deadline reports that Warner Bros.is still developing the Joker origin movie from Todd Phillips.

There is a so-called "R-rated girl gang" movie in the pipeline, Birds of Prey, centred around Robbie's Harley Quinn. After the movie came out, Leto spoke extensively about how many of his Joker scenes were cut from the film.

And while many fans of Suicide Squad will be pleased to hear the news, the critical reception of Jared Leto's "The Joker" was polarizing, with some praising it, and others hating it. Other films on DC's upcoming slate include a Harley Quinn spinoff, Suicide Squad 2, Shazam!, Wonder Woman 2 and Aquaman, which is scheduled for release in November.

As reported by Variety, Jared Leto is set to executive produce and star in a standalone Joker film that will expand the Suicide Squad universe. Although he's been coy on the matter, Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly been in talks to star. Many of these performances, like those by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, are the stuff of acting legend, but then you get Jared Leto's odd take on the character which can perhaps only be described as divisive.

Despite earning bad reviews, "Suicide Squad" (2016) made Warner Bros. nearly $747 million at the worldwide box office. Now both Leto and the studio are in search of a writer.

"Squad" directed by David Ayer, grossed $746 million but was panned by critics in large part because Leto's character was used to hype the film, but his final role was considered by many to be a glorified cameo. All six - yes, you read that correctly - six of them.

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