With both Marvel and DC squeezing every penny out of their respective properties, no superhero feature or combination of characters could possibly shock film fans these days. So it’s not the news of a Joker origin story is particularly shocking, but the major name producing the picture is Martin Scorsese!
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Considering Joker is a fan favorite and an exceptionally complex villain, it makes sense that a master filmmaker would oversee the development of this potential blockbuster. The 3 cinematic Jokers we’ve seen have all become iconic: Jack Nicholson in Batman (1989), Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Night, and Jared Letto in 2016’s Suicide Squad each captivated in his own particular way.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. 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.
Most interesting: Deadline states that the creative team plans on delivering a hard-boiled version of The Joker set in a gritty 1980’s era Gotham City. Don’t expect Leto to get the part, despite being in line to reprise his Joker in Suicide Squad 2 and the Harley Quinn spinoff—they’re looking for someone younger!
Who would you guys cast as The Joker in an origin story? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!