Jared Leto wants to play all the villains in all the superhero universes.
The actor, who played the Joker in “Suicide Squad,” has signed on to star in “Morbius,” a spinoff in Sony’s “Spider-Man” universe that includes the upcoming “Venom.”
The project comes from director Daniel Espinosa (“Life”) and writers Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (who created Netflix’s “Lost in Space”).
Leto will play Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who attempts to cure himself of a fatal blood disease with a serum derived from bats. The treatment has disastrous results, turning him into the anti-hero Morbius who has all the qualities of a vampire — including fangs, super strength, and a taste for human blood. In the comics, the character was often an an antagonist to Spider-Man, though he evolved into a heroic figure over time.
Sony has been developing its Spidey-verse for some time. Along with “Venom,” they are working on “Silver and Black,” featuring Silver Sable and Black Cat. This universe does not overlap with the Spider-Man played by Tom Holland in the Marvel movies.
Meanwhile, Leto will also appear as the Joker again in “Suicide Squad 2” and there has been talk of Joker solo movies.