So it’s official; Warner Bros. and DC are now in the works of creating an origin story for Batman’s most iconic villain, the Joker.
To make this news even more interesting, Todd Phillips (The Hangover series) is directing the movie and co-writing the script with Scott Silver (The Fighter / 8 Mile / The Mod Squad). Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas / The Wolf of Wall Street) will be the producer behind the film.
This movie marks the first film which will have no connection with the DC Cinematic Universe but a branch revolving around it.
This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.
Jared Leto, who played Joker in The Suicide Squad, will NOT be in this film, but will get to reprise his role in the sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff film. They will instead be hiring a new, possibly younger person to fill the role as the Clown of Darkness. (Sorry Mark Hamill. Maybe the will let you do some voice over to whoever they choose, as long as it isn’t Zach Galifanakis)
In terms of developing plot lines, Deadline has also reported this:
The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City that isn’t meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese’s films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy. I’m told that Phillips and Silver are writing already, but there is nothing firm on where this will fit into the DC schedule.
In reality, do we NEED an origin story for Batman’s greatest villain? I think Joker was better as a mystery. No real origin. Very ominous and mysterious. This movie has to be a joke. But sadly, it isn’t April 1st.