Jared Leto's Joker will appear in the Justice League Snyder Cut's Knightmare sequence, where he will finally confront Ben Affleck's Batman.
When Jared Letos’s Joker returns in the Justice League Snyder Cut, he’ll appear in Batman’s Knightmare sequence, according to Zack Snyder himself. Joker’s new look was recently revealed by Snyder, showing a very different character than the slick-haired, tattooed version who appeared in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad in 2016. The altered Joker will be one of the new additions to Snyder’s extended version of Justice league, which is set to release on HBO Max on March 18.
Like the Snyder Cut itself, Leto’s Joker has remained one of the biggest “what-ifs” of the DCEU. The emo-punk aesthetic of his Suicide Squad look irked fans from the beginning, and that frustration only grew when the film released to terrible reviews with a cut that significantly trimmed down on Joker’s role. Leto won’t be reprising the character in James Gunn’s reboot/sequel hybrid The Suicide Squad, so his upcoming Snyder Cut cameo may be all fans get to give closure on one of the Joker’s oddest interpretations.
According to Snyder himself, that cameo will come in Justice League’s iconic Knightmare sequence – a bizarre and foreboding dream of Batman’s that will be expanded in the Snyder Cut. Speaking with Vanity Fair about Leto’s return and new Look, the director said it was important to him to bring the two classic nemeses together in a direct confrontation:
“The cool thing about the scene is that it's Joker talking directly to Batman about Batman. 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.”
The Joker was alluded to in Joss Whedon’s Justice League theatrical cut, though only in background Easter egg. The Clown Prince of Crime had apparently killed Robin by the time of the film’s events (evidenced by a shot of the DC sidekick’s suit), and Batman himself infamously had a Joker card taped to his rifle during the original Knightmare sequence – a curious detail that will be explained in the Snyder Cut. It should be interesting to see Joker and Batman interact, as Snyder makes it sound like their confrontation will be a compelling examination of the hero.
Regardless of the size or nature of his role, the return of Leto’s Joker seems right for Snyder’s Justice League. In many ways, the Snyder Cut is justice for the old DCEU, and it’s a nice touch for fans of the franchise’s early films to get proper closure on their various hanging threads. The overall quality of that closure won’t be judged until the film’s streaming release on March 18. For better or worse, Batman and Joker will finally come face to face in the Justice League Snyder Cut.