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Warner Bros. And DC Planning A Joker Origins Movie

Warner Bros. And DC Planning A Joker Origins Movieā€

Nonetheless, he'll be combining the best of both worlds in a new Batman spin-off movie focusing on the dark and gritty origins of arch-villain The Joker. Deadline said Martin Scorsese will produce the movie, but a source close to the production told HuffPost that the "Goodfellas" director's involvement is not official.

While Jared Leto is now playing the character in the DC expanded universe, including in the forthcoming Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens, the new film, according to Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr, "will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger".

That actually sounds rather inspired, and while it's hard to picture the guy from The Hangover series tackling something in this vein, having Scorsese aboard lends the project a ton of credibility. So while Jared Leto remains the Joker in the DC Extended Universe, the standalone film will feature a new, possibly younger actor as the Clown Prince of Crime. The most common origin involves The Joker tumbling into a Value-Added Tax of chemical waste that bleaches his skin and drives him mad.

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While Marvel has their cinematic universe mapped out until the sun explodes, DC seems to be approaching things in a more haphazard way. It is unclear who Warner Bros. might pick up as the new actor to take on the iconic villain but a lot of moviegoers would agree that Leto was not the ideal choice to play the role.

The film is, at this stage, reportedly focused on an early-80s Gotham City with a hard-boiled crime feel. Phillips and Silver have already started writing the script, but there's no word on how this new incarnation and the new film banner will fit in with the existing DC schedule.

Meanwhile, Variety thinks there are enough Joker storylines that should be covered in the silver screen instead of his origin, including his love story with Harley Quinn featured in Paul Dini and Bruce Timm's "Mad Love".



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