It's only been a matter of weeks since the Joker movie hit screens, and it's been soaking up controversy since.

The psychological thriller details the origin story of Batman's archnemesis, The Joker, and how he became the notorious villain he is. But, while the eagerly-anticipated movie has been a huge hit so far, it hasn't been without its criticism, with many people calling out the film for its representation of mental illness - with some saying that it's so dark that people are walking out of theatres.

But there's no doubt it's been a box office success - and has even snuck its way into the top 10 films of all time according to IMDb. However, there's one person who definitely isn't a fan, and that's Jared Leto.

The star played the Joker in Suicide Squad and has said he's been left feeling "alienated and upset" by its release. Now it has emerged that the actor and musician reportedly tried to stop Warner Bros. from making the movie at all.

Keep scrolling to find out why Leto is far from impressed with the new release.

 

The Joker is one of the most infamous villains in the comic book world.

The supervillain made his debut in the Batman comic books in 1940 and has since become one of the most notorious faces of the franchise.

He was originally meant to be killed off during his initial appearance.

But plans changed and he stuck around to become Batman's archenemy.

He was most famously brought to life by Heath Ledger in 2008.

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The Dark Night was a box office smash hit, receiving rave reviews and grossing over a staggering $1 billion in revenue.

The movies the Joker appears in seem to garner worldwide success.

Seems fans of the franchise can't get enough of the psychopathic anti-hero.

So, when it was annouced he was getting a movie of his own...

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...fans were elated. In fact, there was so much buzz around its release that the movie bagged the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival in September.

This time, the infamous criminal mastermind is portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix.

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Speaking to Ladbible, the Oscar-nominated actor explained: "I thought it was important for it to be its own thing, to be its own interpretation. What's interesting about this character is that everybody can interpret it however they want.
"Even with this film, I think the audience gets to interpret the character and what drives him, in a way that I think is unique for a lot of films. I mean it really asks the audience to participate, and I think that's interesting."

The movie hit screens last week.

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Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker tells the origin story of, you guessed it...the Joker (or Arthur Fleck as he's known as in the movie), and how he evolves into the criminal mastermind we all know him as.

Arthur Fleck is a lonely, failed comedian.

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Set in 1981, Fleck, who is working as a party clown, lives with his mother in Gotham City - a town full of crime and unemployment.

Fleck also has a neurological disorder that causes him to laugh at inappropriate times.

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Due to this, he often lands himself in bad situations. And of course, he finds himself on a huge downward spiral.

He becomes an outcast of society.

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Fleck is isolated, bullied, and lonely.

The movie chronicles his descent into madness.

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Soon enough, Fleck's life becomes rife with out-of-control into delusions, violence, and anarchy and thus, the clown-faced criminal is born.

The movie has solicited some extreme reactions.

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From rave reviews to full-blown outrage, the dark movie has debuted to extremely mixed emotions.

The movie has already broken a major record...

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Over the weekend alone it raked in an eye-watering $93.5 million at the US box office - although we aren't entirely surprised, given the huge anticipation in the lead up to its release.

But given its blatantly dark and, at times, sensitive themes, it was bound to whip up some kind of controversy.

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And it sure didn't disappoint, with many people slamming the movie for its representation of mental health and "glamorization" of violence.

Theatre-goers have also been left outraged by a particular song used in the movie...

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Convicted pedophile, Gary Glitter's 1972 "Rock and Roll Part 2" is used in one scene. Glitter was jailed in 2015 for a number of sexual assault offenses, including one count of raping a 13-year-old girl, so it's no wonder so many viewers were disgusted.

The movie is apparently so disturbing, it has been leaving viewers unable to continue watching.

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Several people took to Twitter to call out the "horrible" movie, saying how they've been left terrified while watching.

It seems to have rattled many people...

While some have praised the movie for shedding light on the struggles of living with a mental illness, others didn't agree and think the film's portrayal did more harm than good.

Several have been saying the movie should have come with a trigger warning.

Like this user, who cited the graphic shooting as one of the main reasons why they feel a trigger warning should have been placed at the start of the movie.

Other's cut the movie more slack.

While many admitted that the movie was without a doubt dark and disturbing, some say Joaquin Phoenix's performance deserved an Oscar. And it seems as if the news might be on the brink of coming true... Three cheers for Joaquin Phoenix!

In my humble opinion, I say you give that man an Oscar right now.

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It's not even been a week since the movie hit the big-screens but it has already managed to crawl its way into the top 10 films of all time. According to IMDb rankings, Joker is now considered one of the best movies to ever exist coming in at 9.

Formerly, the only other comic book movie to make it into the rankings was...

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The Dark Knight, which fell into the top 5. With over 2 million ratings ranking the film at 9/10 stars, it's going to take some beating.

But Joker is slowly pushing its way into the top-tier.

The film currently stands at an 8.8 rating standard, with many Pheonix fans hoping that it will continue sneaking up until it falls into the top 5 films of all time.

But the film has some pretty stiff competition.

Swimming around the top end of the ratings are classics like Pulp Fiction and The Godfather, so it seems like the chances of it ranking amongst the elite squad in cinema history is very narrow. And the ranking for popular films slowly dies out as the hype dies, so if that happens, the chances are at zero. But we can still hope, right?

A film of such cinematic genius deserves to receive an accolade.

I always think, if a film has the power to make you feel any kind of extreme emotion, such as love, hate, disgust, sadness, happiness, whatever it may be, it has done its job as an art form. And, at the moment, Joker is doing just that.

But there's one actor who couldn't disagree more...

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Jared Leto has come out and said that he is "upset" following the release of Joker.

The star portrayed the Joker in 2016's Suicide Squad.

But the movie was a box office disappointment and wasn't received well by fans or critics.

So, unsurprisingly, he's come out and expressed his disappointment at Warner Bros for not wanting to pursue more movies with him.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's been left feeling "alienated and upset" after the Hollywood studio opted to create a new Joker movie instead of continuing with the Suicide Squad franchise or stand-alone movies that star his portrayal of the criminal mastermind.

A Suicide Squad 2 movie has been confirmed...

But Leto hasn't been included. The worst part? Though it was hinted at that his character might have died in a helicopter crash during the first film, the movie's director revealed that he actually managed to escape. So, there was definitely a way to incorporate him into the sequel.

So, it seems Leto has a serious case of FOMO.

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And you can hardly blame him...we'd be feeling a little left out too.

Now it has emerged that Leto 'tried to stop' the film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Leto was absolutely livid when Warner Bros. gave the green light on Todd Phillips’ take on the Batman villain because he was convinced he was getting his own stand-alone Joker movie.

Leto complained about the movie.

Leto, again allegedly, complained to his agents at CAA, who also represent Phillips, and asked his music manager Irving Azoff to contact the Warner Bros. parent company in an effort to get the film canceled. It is also alleged, Leto claimed he wasn’t being treated like an Oscar-winning actor.

Leto went to great lengths for his Joker.

Taking up method acting, Leto terrified other members of the cast with peculiar gifts such as a live rat for Margot Robbie, bullets to Will Smith and a dead pig to the entire cast during rehearsal. But despite his dedication, it is thought that the director wasn't pleased with his eventual performance.

It seems like this is the end of Leto's Joker.

As one source told The Hollywood Reporter:
How do you play the Joker you established following [Phoenix]? It kind of ends his Joker run.
And yeah, it seems pretty true. It's hardly likely Leto will resume the role for Warner’s upcoming DC films Birds of Prey, a spinoff centered around Harley Quinn, or in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad. Because... Well, The Joker is now all about Joaquin Phoenix.

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