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Jared Leto’s Joker to get a standalone movie, say reports

Academy Award winner Jared Leto had played an extended cameo as Joker in the poorly received ‘Suicide Squad’.

Warner Bros is reportedly planning to make a movie on the version of Joker played by Jared Leto in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad (2016), Variety reported.

The studio is reportedly planning to expand the universe established in Ayer’s film by creating standalone movies on its characters. It has already announced a movie on Harley Quinn, Joker’s lover, who was played by Academy Award-nominated Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad.

Leto’s Joker film will become the second film on Joker to be under production by Warner Bros and DC Comics once an official announcement is made. Last year, the studio announced that Todd Philips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will be co-writing and directing an origins tale for Joker. This film will be produced under a new banner that will focus on origin stories while coexisting alongside the ongoing DC Cinematic Universe.

Joaquin Phoenix has been in talks to play the Joker in this movie. 8 Mile (2002) screenwriter Scott Silver is writing the film while Martin Scorsese has been roped in as one of the producers.

The psychopathic Joker, arguably the greatest nemesis of Batman both in its comic book universe and the movies, has so far been played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. While Nicholson was lauded for his portrayal of Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), Ledger went on to redefine the character in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor posthumously. Leto, meanwhile, had little more than a cameo role as Joker in the poorly received Suicide Squad.

Heath Ledger as Joker in 'The Dark Knight' (2008).
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A special shade of blue inspired these musicians to create a musical piece

Thanks to an interesting neurological condition called synesthesia.

On certain forums on the Internet, heated discussions revolve around the colour of number 9 or the sound of strawberry cupcake. And most forum members mount a passionate defence of their points of view on these topics. These posts provide insight into a lesser known, but well-documented, sensory condition called synesthesia - simply described as the cross wiring of the senses.

Synesthetes can ‘see’ music, ‘taste’ paintings, ‘hear’ emotions...and experience other sensory combinations based on their type. If this seems confusing, just pay some attention to our everyday language. It’s riddled with synesthesia-like metaphors - ‘to go green with envy’, ‘to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth’, ‘loud colours’, ‘sweet smells’ and so on.

Synesthesia is a deeply individual experience for those who have it and differs from person to person. About 80 different types of synesthesia have been discovered so far. Some synesthetes even have multiple types, making their inner experience far richer than most can imagine.

Most synesthetes vehemently maintain that they don’t consider their synesthesia to be problem that needs to be fixed. Indeed, synesthesia isn’t classified as a disorder, but only a neurological condition - one that scientists say may even confer cognitive benefits, chief among them being a heightened sense of creativity.

Pop culture has celebrated synesthetic minds for centuries. Synesthetic musicians, writers, artists and even scientists have produced a body of work that still inspires. Indeed, synesthetes often gravitate towards the arts. Eduardo is a Canadian violinist who has synesthesia. He’s, in fact, so obsessed with it that he even went on to do a doctoral thesis on the subject. Eduardo has also authored a children’s book meant to encourage latent creativity, and synesthesia, in children.

Litsa, a British violinist, sees splashes of paint when she hears music. For her, the note G is green; she can’t separate the two. She considers synesthesia to be a fundamental part of her vocation. Samara echoes the sentiment. A talented cellist from London, Samara can’t quite quantify the effect of synesthesia on her music, for she has never known a life without it. Like most synesthetes, the discovery of synesthesia for Samara was really the realisation that other people didn’t experience the world the way she did.

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