First reported by Deadline, Warner Bros. and DC are developing a standalone Joker movie with some interesting collaborators:
“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.”
Well, that’s interesting …
Deadline goes on to mention that WB is developing this movie so that it “isn’t part of any other iteration,” implying that someone other than Jared Leto will be playing the clown prince of crime. Although Leto is set to reprise his Suicide Squad role in that film’s sequel, this Joker is set to be played by a different actor, with Deadline saying it will be “possibly a younger actor.”
The involvement of Scorsese is a bit perplexing, but makes perfect sense when you consider what kind of movie WB is trying to create here:
“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.”
A Joker movie in the vein of Scorsese’s early crime movies? Well, you sure can’t say that WB and DC aren’t throwing anything and everything at the wall to see what sticks here. Off the top of my head, they have films based on Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, Shazam!, Nightwing, Batgirl, Gotham City Sirens, and the Green Lantern Corps in the works (I’m sure I’ve forgotten like half a dozen others) and now we can add a Joker movie to the mix. We’re still so early into the DC Extended Universe that it’s hard to gauge what direction any of these films are going to take but if this Joker movie news is any indication, it looks like it’s going to be a wild ride.