Jared Leto ended up making his way into Zack Snyder’s Justice League when it was all said and done. It came in just under the wire, but the Clown Prince of Crime did make an appearance in a different setting than we might have thought. But in Bruce Wayne/ Batman’s Knightmare sequence, a vision of a dystopian future landscape, Leto’s Joker was finally sitting there on a car waiting for the survivors left roaming the blasted out world.
Now there’s a chance to see a deleted scene from Zack Snyder’s Justice League that extended the conversation between Ben Affleck as Batman and Jared Leto as Joker. It was an awesome, though somewhat out-of-place moment between the two characters and the first time we got to see them actually face-to-face in the franchise. Check out when Zack Snyder put out on his Twitter feed that gives some extended dialogue between the two:
In the original scene from the film, the two characters have a back and forth similar to what we see here with Bruce saying that he will honor Harley Quinn’s request that Batman be the one to ultimately kill the Joker. Where it is extended is in the response from Jared Leto. There’s a moment in this deleted scene where he looks just momentarily taken aback by what Bruce has said, remembering his *true love* Harley.
But then Jared Leto as Joker quickly recovers and utters the line, “We live in a society where honor is a distant memory.” He then goes on to complete the reference to Robin we have in the original scene. He wonders who screamed louder, Harley or “the boy”? It’s unclear what exact version of Robin he is referring to here, whether it’s someone Bruce took under his wing in this alternate universe or a version of the character we saw a costume for back in Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice. Either way, it’s likely a reference to the Jason Todd version of Robin from the “Death in the Family” storyline from the comics.
The Knightmare scene from Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a cool, though possibly nonsensical addition to the end of the movie, likely meant to set up future storylines for these characters if the franchise were to continue on. It also felt like an opportunity to just jam in a few more DC faces like Jared Leto into the proceedings before the credits rolled. While a solid nod to other aspects of the universe it did feel just a tad forced considering it was ultimately “just a dream”.
If it ever comes to pass that the Knightmare sequence set up in Batman v. Superman and extended here in this film actually becomes the catalyst for future films in the franchise, we know how things are going to go. Jared Leto as Joker and Ben Affleck as Batman will be forced into an uneasy, though weirdly symbiotic relationship much like we’ve seen in other iterations. Heck, Joker calls Batman his best friend. In this way it’s an awesome nod to the comic book history between the two, even if it is just a bit out of place.