Jared Leto’s Joker Has Been Approved By Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder had some words of praise for Jared Leto's interpretation of the Joker inv David Ayer's Suicide Squad
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Zack Snyder appreciates Jared Leto’s interpretation of the clown prince of crime in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad movie. 

It is evident that Jared Leto’s portrayal of Joker didn’t win much appreciation from fans. Jared Leto made his DCEU debut as Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad movie, which also had its fair share of criticism.

Leto’s version of Joker was depicted as a modern gangster covered in tattoos who ran the criminal underworld of Gotham. Following lukewarm reception for Suicide Squad, DCEU decided to shift its route leaving Leto’s Joker. It is unclear whether Leto will reprise his role or not, but it seems like it is not going to happen anytime soon. 


Lately, Ayer’s Suicide Squad been a topic of conversation in the DC Extended Universe as a result of the announcement of the Justice League Snyder Cut coming to HBO Max in 2021. The announcement caused many to wonder if a director’s cut of the Suicide Squad existed. Ayer confirmed this in May, revealing his cut exists and it is almost complete, aside from some VFX. 

It is known for a while that Suicide Squad movie was not what Ayer had imagined making as it went through a lot of reshoots that altered Ayer’s original vision. One of the characters most affected by the reshoots was Leto’s Joker. Ayer also previously teased extra scenes and altered storylines from his version further encouraging his Twitter followers to lobby AT&T and Warner Bros. to release the Ayer Cut of Suicide Squad.

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In fact, Ayer has confirmed, “most” of Leto’s stuff has not been seen. Significant changes were made to Harley Quinn and Joker’s relationship as well, with Margot Robbie’s Harley and Will Smith’s Deadshot getting together originally. Also, it is said, in Ayer’s version, Joker makes a deal with Enchantress, causing Harley to stand up to him and siding with her new friends. All considered, Joker was supposed to have a bigger role in Suicide Squad than he had in the theatrical cut of the film. Maybe this unseen version of the story would have made Leto’s Joker significantly better and much likable.

Zack Snyder’s Opinion On Jared Leto’s Joker

On Vero platform, one user asked Zack Snyder about his thoughts on how he felt about Leto’s portrayal of Joker, and if he had a chance would he liked to see the character share a screen with Ben Affleck’s Batman. The Justice League director then replied, “I always loved him in the part,” though he didn’t comment on the interaction between Batman and Joker. That was then shared to Twitter, where Ayer himself shared Snyder’s comment, replying with two emojis summing up his appreciation for the director’s words. Ayer’s reaction to it states that he was evidently honored by Snyder’s opinion.

Snyder relishing on Leto as Joker is not surprising, as Snyder in the past, prior to Suicide Squad‘s release said, considering what he knew of Leto’s performance, “I think it will be amazing”. Ayer sharing Snyder’s comment says something about their relationship that the two directors support each other and their work. Reasonably, Snyder and Ayer feel a sense of kinship with their personal experiences in the DCEU, since neither of them were able to release the film they wanted to share.  

One of them finally had gotten the opportunity to share their original vision of their film. Whether David Ayer will achieve the goal of releasing his cut of Suicide Squad is still in question. Warner Brothers green lighting the Snyder cut doesn’t mean the Ayer cut can also easily get a green signal. Like the Snyder cut of Justice League, the Ayer cut can possibly be released on HBO Max only when the demand from the fans reaches the peak level as the Snyder cut has gotten. Snyder’s recent comment on Joker will certainly make the fans happy who are involved in the moment.  

Are you a fan of Jared Leto’s Joker as Zack Snyder is? Do you want to see David Ayer’s cut of Suicide Squad? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and be sure to come back to The Illuminerdi for more DC news.