We first heard rumors of a Martin Scorsese-produced standalone film about The Joker back in August. To recap: 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!
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While the early frontrunner for the lead was Leonardo DiCaprio, word dropped late last week that Joaquin Phoenix is the current frontrunner.
Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips’ untitled Joker origin movie.
While studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources now tell Variety that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role. WB had no comment.
So what do you guys think? Are you excited by the prospect of a Joker origin story? And what do you think of Phoenix nabbing the starring role? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!