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Zack Snyder reveals full look at Leto’s Justice League Joker and talks Joker’s role in this universe

February 10th, 2021 by Marc Comments

We got a cool tease of Jared Leto’s new Joker look in Zack Snyder’s Justice League a few days ago (here) but now we have our first full look at him, his role in the movie and the role he would play should a Justice League sequel ever happen.

The look resembles Grant Morrison’s Clown at midnight look (left) and it is a striking new look for Leto’s take on the Clown Price of Crime.

Gone is the tidy hair, replaced by long hair, gone are the gangster-style suits and, most notably, gone are the tattoos that covered his face in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie and it’s a great look that resembles a cross between Jaoquin Pheonix’s Joker and Heath Ledger, while giving it a very unique, threatening look all of its own.

Of course, Leto’s Joker was not part of the original Justice League movie when Snyder was making it (before leaving to have it finished by Joss Whedon) but was added in after HBO Max stepped up to give Snyder money to try to come closer to closing the story he originally started telling in Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In Snyder’s new cut, we will meet Leto’s Joker in the Knightmare sequence – in a devastated world that sees Darkseid conquering the Justice League and, indeed, the world – which we first saw in Batman V Superman.

“The cool thing about the scene is that it’s Joker talking directly to Batman about Batman,” Snyder explains.

“It’s Joker analysing Batman about who he is and what he is. That’s the thing I also felt like fans deserved from the DC Universe. That is to say, the Jared Leto Joker and the Ben Affleck Batman, they never really got together. It seemed uncool to me that we would make it all the way through this incarnation of Batman and Joker without seeing them come together.”

Of course, Snyder isn’t wrong here… while Leto’s Joker was a fairly divisive take on the character, what a lot of fans do agree on it that we really wanted to see this Batman and this Joker standing toe-to-toe.

We also now know that this scene will (as we guessed here) explain why Batman has a Joker card on his rifle (left) and it will also mention Harley Quinn but we will not see Margot Robbie in the movie.

Going on to the importance of Joker to Batman in this universe, it seems Snyder would like – as would fans – to have developed the relationship between duo had he ever had a sequel made… and, indeed, he would like to delve into one of Batman’s most traumatic moments.

“I’d always wanted to explore the death of Robin,” Snyder says.

“And if there ever was going to be a next movie, which, of course, there probably won’t be, I wanted to do a thing where in flashbacks we learn how Robin died, how Joker killed him and burned down Wayne Manor, and that whole thing that happened between he and Bruce.”

Ah, man! I want to see that movie!

In addition to this, Snyder shared this brief clip of Steppenwolf online too and, if you look very closely, we’re pretty certain he lops the head off that Amazon warrior… gnarly!

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….