Jared Leto, who played the Joker in the DCEU film Suicide Squad, is “pulling a Brolin” and adding his talents to a rival shared superhero universe. Leto will star in a movie about Morbius the Living Vampire, a Spider-Man antagonist, for Sony, according to a report from THR.
The movie’s development was revealed last November, but things are moving along now, as in addition to a star, the film also has a director in Daniel Espinosa (Life), as well as screenwriters Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (of Netflix Lost in Space reboot fame).
In the comics, biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius becomes afflicted with vampire-like powers as a result of science gone wrong, and then spends most of his appearances brooding about it. Morbius first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101.
Just because Leto is dipping his toes in another superhero universe’s waters doesn’t mean he’s giving up his role as one of the DCEU’s Jokers. There is reportedly also a solo movie for Leto’s Joker in the works. Though Morbius is a Spider-Man character, and Spider-Man appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Morbius will not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so Leto still has the option of joining that as a different character. He’d probably make a good Beyonder.
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