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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.
I’m told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger.
An intriguing part is the setting. 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.
Joaquin Phoenix may soon have to don a green wig and white face-paint to play Batman’s greatest adversary. The American actor is reportedly in talks to star in a new film about the Joker, produced by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese.
Although the 42-year-old’s casting has not yet been confirmed, Variety reports that Phoenix has been approached, and has agreed to play the role.
Last year, it was reported that producers hoped for the as-yet-untitled film to be “a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-Eighties Gotham City”, with a similar tone to Scorsese’s most acclaimed Eighties movies, Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
Further details about Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming origin movie about The Joker have emerged, with the film set to reportedly depict the villain as a failed stand-up comic.
Phillips will direct the new DC and Warner Bros.-made film, with Scorsese acting as an executive producer. Joaquin Phoenix is the current favourite to play the titular villain, although Leonardo DiCaprio has also been linked to the famous role, as well as Willem Dafoe, many fans have suggested him as a possible actor to one day step into the iconic purple suit of The Joker.
A new report from The Wrap has apparently shed light on some more details surrounding the forthcoming film, with Phillips set to depict Batman’s enemy as a failed 1980s stand-up comic “who becomes the clown prince of crime after bombing with audiences”.
This take on The Joker has origins in the 1988 DC graphic novel The Killing Joke, which was written by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland.
“Have you ever had a really…bad…day?”
The madness begins. #TheJoker 2019 ▼
New concept trailer for Warner Bros. and DC’s The Joker solo spin-off movie by Retcon Comics. The Joker Origin Story Movie with Martin Scorsese Producing and Todd Phillips to Direct.
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