There have been rumors and rumblings for weeks that Jared Leto of past Joker (somewhat) fame was angry.. he didn’t like Warner Bros’ heavy promotion of Joaquin Phoenix playing the clown prince of crime..
The Hollywood Reporter is running more info on this ..
From their reporting:
According to sources familiar with Leto’s behavior, when the Oscar-winning actor learned of the Phillips project, he not only complained bitterly to his agents at CAA, who also represent Phillips, but asked his music manager, Irving Azoff, to call the leader of Warners parent company (it’s unclear whether it was Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes or AT&T’s Randall Stephenson, depending on the timing). The idea was to get Warners to kill the Phillips film.
THR previously reported that the 47-year-old star, who played the grinning crime lord in 2016’s Suicide Squad, thought Warners had strung him along with promises of his own Joker stand-alone film, only to greenlight the Phillips’ version with Joaquin Phoenix instead. Ironically, Warners thought the Phillips project would be a small movie and, nervous about its dark tone, greenlighted it reluctantly with a small budget that some at the studio were hoping would discourage Phillips from making it.
Warners declined to comment.