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Warner Bros. and DC are working on a Joker origin movie with Todd Phillips and Martin Scorsese

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You know one of the best things about The Joker?

The fact we know absolutely nothing about how he came to be. Sure, there have been various tales that have given us suggested origins for the Clown Prince of Crime, but nothing set in stone as that would take away some of the horror that the character has. Then there is the fact that there may now be more than one Joker in the DC comic book universe.

Turns out DC and Warner Bros. are not taking a leaf out of the comic books and are working on an origin story film. It will be part of 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. That means no Jared Leto in this one.

According to Deadline, Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will co-write a script with Scott Silver (8 Mile). Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips.

Jared Leto will be back as The Joker in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor.

While I think having an origin story for The Joker is the wrong way to go (they should keep his origin mysterious), I do like the style they are going for.

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.

Now that has potential, but there are so many other characters they could have gone with first.

It also sounds like a roundabout way to bring us a new Batman – a Joker origin story has to have Batman involved – and I would love to see a Batman film in the style of Taxi Driver. Would also mean they could recast The Dark Knight and then move on from there. I wouldn’t be surprised if this film morphs into a Batman origin film.

That sounds cool and if they named this new banner “Elseworlds” or something like that, then I would have no problem with these films. However, I once again feel that Warner Bros. and DC are rushing things when they should be focussing on their current crop of DC Heroes. Sure, it would have been great if they had started with a load of origin films, as Marvel Studios did, but time has moved on.

For the moment, I am intrigued. What are your thoughts on a Joker origin movie?

Top Image from Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s The Killing Joke.

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