Jared Leto loved his stint as a comic book character in Suicide Squad so much he has signed up for another. This time Leto enters the universe of Sony’s Spider-Man after being cast in Morbius.
As yet, Leto’s character details have not been revealed. Safe House director, Daniel Espinosa will take the helm on the pictures. Lost in Space’s Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama have penned the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce with Lucas Foster.
The film will centre on Dr Michael Morbius a living vampire and antihero. In the comics, he was originally a scientist from Greece but due to a debilitating blood disease, he developed an experimental treatment involving vampire bats and electroshocks. Its side effects turned him into a pseudo-vampire (Vampire mutant) who needed to consume blood in order to survive and gained typical vampire characteristics such as an aversion to sunlight, and the powers of flight, enhanced strength, speed, and healing (a healing factor). As well as going up against Spider-man on his arrival to the US, Morbius has also crossed paths with both The Fantastic Four’s Human Torch and The X Men’s Professor X.
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Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 101, the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.
Leto, who has taken a lot of criticism for his portrayal of the Joker in Suicide Squad, was last seen on the big screen in Blade Runner 2049. His only other confirmed upcoming project is 2018’s release of The Outsider. The rumour mill has been doing the rounds over the last few months which have tied the actor to Suicide Squad 2, an Untitled Harley Quinn-Joker Project, Tron 3 and Gotham City Sirens in which he could reprise his role as The Joker.