As production continues on the much-anticipated ‘Justice League’, it is more or less a given that rumors will begin to circulate, covering everything from the on-set antics of the cast (as we saw with ‘Suicide Squad’) to the plot of the film itself.
Recently, speculation began to mount that Jared Leto would make an appearance as Joker in ‘Justice League’. This was in part fueled by Leto himself, who tweeted that he had arrived in London, which, of course, is where ‘Justice League’ is currently filming. Though there was apparently little more to substantiate this rumor than the fact that Leto happened to be in the same city in which production was taking place, fandom nonetheless ran with it.
This speculation, tenuous as it was, may have already been debunked. Film reporter Umberto Gonzales, of The Wrap and Heroic Hollywood, has issued the following tweet:
Sorry DC fanboys. Yesterday’s rumor that surfaced about Jared Leto being in JUSTICE LEAGUE? Unfortunately, not true. #DEADED
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) September 13, 2016
While this is not, to be fair, an official statement from the studio or any individuals involved with the film, Gonzales has had enough success both debunking rumors and breaking stories ahead of official announcements for this to be worth taking seriously.
While ‘Batman v Superman’ and ‘Suicide Squad’ have certainly demonstrated that neither the studio nor the director are above shoehorning a character into a film simply for the sake of including them, ‘Justice League’ is already going to be an extremely busy film, tasked as it is with introducing most of the League, not to mention expanding on the Apokaliptian threat that was only alluded to in ‘Batman v Superman’ and perhaps even laying groundwork for the second ‘Justice League’ film.
Directed by Zack Snyder, ‘Justice League’ is set to be the flagship entry in DC’s burgeoning cinematic universe. The film features returning stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot alongside a wave of newcomers, including Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and J.K. Simmons. ‘Justice League’ will land in theaters on November 17, 2017.