From Joker to Morbius: Leto to Join the “Spider-Verse”

First, he joined the superhero genre as The Joker in Suicide Squad as well as preparing for his own solo film as the Clown Prince of Crime.

Now, Jared Leto is going from DC to Marvel as he will be a part of the Sony-produced Spider-Verse, which revolves around characters who have a connection to the wall-crawling superhero Spider-Man. Who is the character Leto taking on as part of the Spider-Verse? It will be the vampiric anti-hero Morbius.

Leto has signed on with Swedish-born director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money) set to direct the film, from a script by Lost in Space reboot creators Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. He first appeared in 1971’s Amazing Spider-Man No. 101, which was the first to not be written by Spidey co-creator Stan Lee.

Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. Instead of being cured, he became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right and even headlined his own comic book titles.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will be producing the film.

More as this develops.

H/T: The Hollywood Reporter

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