According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leto attempted to get the film shut down as he found out about the project.
Previous reports said Leto felt “alienated and upset” when the film was green-lit.
Now it has come to light though that according to sources familiar with Leto’s behavior, he not only complained to his agents but asked his manager, Irving Azoff, to call the leader of Warners parent company. His intentions were apparently to put an end to the film before it got its feet off the ground. His manager also represents Joker creator Todd Phillips.
Representatives for Leto have denied the claims when THR reached out and Azoff refused to comment. Azoff and Leto have since parted ways.
The actor apparently felt Warners had strung him along in regards to his role as Joker. The company allegedly thought Phillips movie would be a small movie and gave it a small budget in hopes it wouldn’t be made after worrying about its themes.
Leto previously talked about being open to playing the Joker again. It’s already been rumored that he’d be making an appearance in the upcoming Harley Quinn stand-alone movie Birds of Prey. Leto previously teased that he might be making a cameo in the Suicide Squad spinoff, though he wasn’t included in the cast list.
“I would definitely play the Joker again,” Leto said to Variety. “It all depends on the script and the circumstances as it always does.”
Leto also commented on the Birds of Prey rumors, which he kept pretty ambiguous.
“I don’t think so. You’d have to ask them,” he said, adding “Well, we’ll see.”
During Suicide Squad filming, the actor apparently spent months annoying castmates and crew with “gifts” such as live rats, a dead pig and other ridiculous things for him to get in character. It turns out the studio wasn’t happy about it and the resulting performance left Leto with little screentime.
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