Ha ha, Jared Leto.
You thought trying to outdo Heath Ledger as the Joker was a good idea. That didn’t exactly go your way, did it?
Instead, you got mostly cut out of Suicide Squad, and the majority of your performance in what should have been your most iconic role remains buried in Warner Bros’ vault of unwatchable crap, alongside the B-roll footage from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in which Daniel Radcliffe is beaten with a stick for flubbing his lines.
As it turns out, constantly badmouthing a director isn’t the best way to make friends, so it’s looking unlikely that David Ayer is going to be inviting Jared Leto back to reprise his role in Gotham City Sirens.
Either that, or, just a plausibly, Leto has simply elected to ditch the entire DCEU, leaving a series of Batman movies without their most recognizable villain.
Regardless of who has kicked Leto to the curb, David Ayer now finds himself in the unfortunate position of finding a decent mid-level Batman villain that he can elevate to the position of showstopping movie antagonist.
The problem, as it turns out, with setting four or five movies within the Bat-verse, is that you soon start running out of bad guys who haven’t already been done on the big screen.
Ayer appears to have learned something from Suicide Squad, at least, and he’s decided to go with an antagonist which won’t be unfavorably compared to a similar performance from an actor in a Christopher Nolan movie.
At least, that’s what people are assuming, based on a recent tweet from the director:
Now, in fairness, this might just be Ayer trolling his fans (it wouldn’t be the first time), but it does seem likely that we’ll be getting Black Mask in Gotham City Sirens in some form or other.
It’s not necessarily a good idea to assume that Black Mask will play a big role in the movie, though. Ayer has stated that his big regret with Suicide Squad was not using the Joker as the movie’s main villain, so there’s every chance he might try a more recognizable baddie – such as the Penguin or the Riddler, neither of whom have graced movie screens in a while – as his primary antagonist.
If that’s the case, why not ask a classic Batman actor to reprise their role?
I’m not letting this Danny DeVito thing go.