Jared Leto: Is Batman Gone?
Batman is dead, long live Batman. This is how rumors start. Just ask Jared Leto, the new Joker in the D.C. Cinematic Universe.
At a recent convention, a fan made a comment to Leto about Batman and Leto responded something to the effect of Batman being, well, dead. Is this really the truth?
We’ll have to see how the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice play out. Batman is not scheduled to appear on screen again until the movie featuring The Justice Society. In between those two projects, is Suicide Squad, a villain-ensemble featuring The Joker, Deadpool, Harley Quinn, and others. They are, basically, bad guys who are less bad than the real bad guys of the film.
Why would Leto’s offhand comment about Batman being dead cause such a stir? In the actual D.C. Comics world, Batman was presumed dead for some time. It would not be out of the question for D.C. to tap this idea and weave it into the new shared universe films they are launching.
Then again, launching this particular storyline requires perfect timing. The time is way too early to do anything drastic to Batman. Yet, Leto made a comment about the potential demise of The Caped Crusader and fans are going to run with it and milk the rumor mill for all it is worth.
Leto does help get a little extra news out there about himself and Suicide Squad. Rumors do have their benefits. Long-time Batman fan Gianfrancesco Genoso is quite intrigued by this news/rumor. More on Genoso available at Anfip.org.