Signal ringers, Batman scents, and Joker on-screen character Jared Leto was so enraged at Warner Bros.' plan to make an independent motion picture about the Joker featuring somebody other than Jared Leto that he asked his then-music director Irving Azoff to connect with the studio's parent organization to get the movie executed, as indicated by the Hollywood Reporter.
While he didn't confirm if that meant the Joker would definitely not appear in the film, "THR" quoted one source as saying Phoenix's highly praised performance "kind of ends" any chance of Leto's version making a comeback.
The showbiz outlet reported previously that Leto was hoping to star in a stand-alone Joker film of his own, and was furious when Warner Brothers cast Phoenix in the Phillips' film.
We found out last week that 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto, who starred in Suicide Squad, was upset over the new Joker film but he allegedly went further than that. Azoff and Leto have since parted ways.
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Leto spent months getting into character, sending a live rat to Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn, and bullets to Deadshot actor Will Smith. Now The Hollywood Reporter shares an article in which they ensure that Leto He tried to sabotage the film and prevent its production.
It's also said that Leto complained "bitterly" to his agents at CAA, as the company also represents Phillips. A source for the actor denied the two were linked but there are reports he had alienated four teams of agents at CAA by the time he moved on. "In his defence, it was never really his movie but his attempt to "invent" a place for himself in it backfired", a source was quoted as saying. Even if you think Leto's Joker was ridiculous (and it was!), it's easy to see why he might be upset.
He further added, "It's amusing, you talked about deleted scenes before and I was just thinking, while I don't like deleted scenes, we did cut this fun thing together of all the times (to Phoenix) - I haven't showed it to you yet - of him walking out on Murray Franklin because every time the guy would go, Murray would stand and go, 'Please welcome Joker,"'and the curtains would open and he comes out and does something different every time. "He will not reprise the role for Warners' upcoming DC movies Birds of Prey (a spinoff centered on Robbie's Harley Quinn) or in James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, due out in 2021".
The new THR report says that the studio "wasn't thrilled" with Leto's antics on Suicide Squad, which contributed to his part being cut down to roughly 10 minutes in the final film.