We’ve witnessed talented actor Jared Leto as the Joker, but fans have yet to see him as imagined by legendary director Zack Snyder.
However, do not be fooled DC fans as this isn’t from a new Justice League movie, per say, which was exclusively shared by Vanity Fair. In reality, this is how Leto’s character will be portrayed in a different cut of the original 2017 film, which was initially directed by Zack Snyder himself. Unfortunately the director’s departure was due to a painful personal reason, when his 20-year-old daughter, Autumn, committed suicide that March.
Joss Whedon stepped in after Snyder’s leaving, overseeing the editing process and re-shoots. The final product ended up being much different from the movie Snyder promised, and was noticeably less violent. Additionally, the movie was widely panned, with some critics calling it a “Frankenstein” cut.
As for how Jared Leto’s Joker factors into the Snyder Cut, Vanity Fair exclusively shares: “Joker appears in the new film during a sequence set on a ruined Earth after the alien tyrant Darkseid invades and decimates the planet. It’s a dream sequence, a psychic vision, experienced by Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne that reveals what will happen if the superheroes fail to stop the onslaught. Joker is sort of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, supplying motivation through terror.”
“The cool thing about the scene is that it’s Joker talking directly to Batman about Batman,” Snyder told the magazine. “It’s Joker analyzing Batman about who he is and what he is. That’s the thing I also felt like fans deserved from the DC Universe. That is to say, the Jared Leto Joker and the Ben Affleck Batman, they never really got together. It seemed uncool to me that we would make it all the way through this incarnation of Batman and Joker without seeing them come together.”
Check the first look down below: