Joker Origin Movie Are Happening at Warner Bros. and DC

Posted 2017/08/22 2022 0

Warner Bros. is developing a movie about the origin story for The Joker that will not be part of the DC Extended Universe.


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, according to Deadline. With a planned early-'80s setting, the idea will be to craft a hard-boiled, grounded (or as grounded as you can go given the end result of the story) that echoes Scorsese's own crime output. “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips and “8 Mile” scribe Scott Silver will co-write the project which Phillips will direct and Martin Scorsese will produce. The task once that is complete will be to find yet another person to play the man who is destined to become the smiley psychopath. 

The Joker has previously been played by Jack Nicholson in Batman, by Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, and by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad. The site adds that Leto will reprise the character in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, Gotham City Sirens. This new film, however, will feature a different actor, possibly younger.

Best known for his comedies like “The Hangover” franchise, Phillips has been trying to jump into new genres for years. He previously eyed “The Gambler” remake at Paramount that Rupert Wyatt ended up directing. His production company Joint Effort that he co-founded with Bradley Cooper was also intended for him to dip his feet into more genre fair.

Also of note is the setting. Deadline claims that “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.”

Nothing yet is set in terms of scheduling on the project.