Entertainment Weekly reported the origin film will take place outside the extended universe and not feature Leto, who will be reprising his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in a "Suicide Squad" sequel and a planned "Harley Quinn" spinoff.
A different, possibly younger actor will be chosen to portray The Joker, as the origin story takes place during the 1980s in Gotham City.
The new DC Comics banner is being created to allow the studio to tell unique comic book stories using different actors in the title roles.
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