Social media data shows that Jared Leto’s return as Joker in The Snyder Cut is one of the most anticipated aspects of the upcoming HBOMax miniseries.
Fan anticipation for the return of Jared Leto’s Joker in The Snyder Cut of Justice League, with huge spikes in social media activity regarding his return. Leto’s Joker was a divisive figure upon his introduction in 2016’s Suicide Squad. He hasn’t appeared in any other DCEU films since, even when the opportunity presents itself. Leto won’t appear in 2021’s The Suicide Squad, nor did he appear in this year’s Birds of Prey.
Zack Snyder, though, seems highly interested in bringing him back. Snyder cold-called Leto to ask if he would come back. It was eventually announced that Leto would be returning in late October, just as Warner Bros. started teasing the rollout of The Snyder Cut. The movie will now be a four-part miniseries, rolled out on HBOMax sometime in 2021. The miniseries won’t use Joss Whedon’s footage and will feature an additional two and a half hours of previously shot material. Despite longtime fan anticipation of this version of Justice League, nothing has piqued fans’ interests more than Leto’s return.
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According to Netbase Quid, a social media analytics company, stories about Leto’s Joker return far outpaced anything else related to The Snyder Cut. The number of stories outpaced everything, including Ray Fisher’s ongoing dispute with Warner Bros. Interest spiked in mid-October, with 31% of social media posts relating to Justice League being about Leto’s potential involvement. Interest hasn’t waned, even as the months have worn on, and The Snyder Cut and Joker continue to be hot topics.
Leto’s return as the Joker is, understandably, highly anticipated. While his turn in Suicide Squad was divisive, the opportunity to see him paired up with Batman in The Snyder Cut is an exciting one. One of the reasons Joker was so poorly received in Suicide Squad was he wasn’t given much to do. Marketing for the film hyped up his role, as did stories out of the set that posited Leto as significantly into the part, but expectations did not live up to the hype. One of the reasons The Snyder Cut got off the ground, though, was social media, so if people continue to talk about Leto’s Joker, he’ll appear, whether or not fans love him or hate him.
Even though Leto’s take on the was character vastly different from most before him, it was ridiculed for being so overhyped for such short screen time. Dedicated fans were frustrated, and they might still be when The Snyder Cut is inevitably released. It’s been reported that reshoots are only adding five minutes of footage to the film, giving Leto’s Joker another tiny window to make a big impact. If Leto’s performance is as insane as it was in Suicide Squad, he’s bound to leave a lasting impression in Justice League, no matter how brief his appearance is.
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Source: Netbase Quid
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