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Zack Snyder‘s highly-anticipated recut of Justice League is set to arrive on HBO Max on Mar. 18. Although we are still over a month away from the premiere, the director is finally giving DC fans a preview of one particular character.

This week, Snyder offered the first glimpse of Jared Leto‘s controversial Joker. By the looks of it, the villain is getting a whole new look in the Snyder Cut.

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Back in 2016, Jared Leto debuted his portrayal of Joker in Suicide Squad. Since then, the role has been one of the most talked-about in the DC fandom. As well all remember, Suicide Squad was recut post-filming which resulted in most of Leto’s scenes getting cut. This led to speculation that film executives were not impressed by Leto’s performance. Despite the scrutiny, Leto previously stated that he would love to reprise the role.

After a rumored Joker spinoff never got off of the ground, Joaquin Phoenix gave a different portrayal of the Gotham City villain in Todd PhillipsJoker. This led to a number of reports that Leto felt “alienated and upset” about Phillips’ film and felt he had been strung along by Warner Brothers Studios in regards to his role as Joker.

Since then, Suicide Squad director David Ayer has continued to support Leto amid the scrutiny. Back in April 2020, Ayer revealed that the removal of Leto’s scenes had nothing to do with his performance. In fact, much of his “magnificent work” still remains unseen.

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Shortly after his comments, Ayer released an alternative Joker ending in Suicide Squad the internet had a lot of thoughts about. As well, in December 2020, the director even said that the cut footage of Leto would change a lot of fans’ opinions on his Joker.

Finally, amid all of this, it was confirmed that Leto is reprising his Joker role for Zack Snyder’s recut of Justice League. Now, fans are finally getting their first look at Jared Leto’s Joker ahead of the Snyder Cut’s premiere on HBO Max. On Tuesday, Feb. 2, Snyder shared a cryptic teaser of Joker on social media.

Although the photo is blurred, it’s apparent that Joker is getting a whole new look for the Snyder Cut including a longer hairstyle. Some are even comparing the long hair to Heath Ledger‘s Joker in The Dark Knight.

“Amazing character you created. Honored to have our worlds collide. @DavidAyerMovies @JaredLeto”

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The Snyder Cut of Justice League, which will reportedly be a four-hour film, will include plenty of new footage and possibly even a few fan theories pertaining to Joker. During a recent interview with Jake’s Takes, Leto praised Snyder for what he is doing with this new project.

“Well, Zack Snyder, he’s a warrior, he’s a madman,” he said. “I really love him. With every character I play, I don’t know if it’s because I work so intently and I tend to dig really deep and put a lot of time and energy into it, but when I’m done playing the part, I do miss them a little bit… So it’s nice to revisit things.”

However, the Snyder Cut may not be the only time we see Jared Leto’s Joker. Following all of David Ayer’s praise to Leto, many fans are calling for Ayer to release his own cut of 2016’s Suicide Squad. Although the director has not confirmed if that will happen, he further fueled the rumors last month when he posted a cut scene of Leto’s Joker from the film.

As for The Suicide Squad, the new film is set to arrive on Aug. 6. Late last year, Warner Bros. confirmed that all of its 2021 films are simultaneously getting released in theaters and on HBO Max. This is due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has heavily impacted the film industry.

What are your reactions to Jared Leto’s Joker being in the Snyder Cut? Do you think DC fans are going to get a completely different villain in the recut of Justice League? Let us know in the comments below.