According to Deadline The Joker is getting an origin film with Todd Phillips as writer and director, with Scott Silver as co-writer. No release date or scheduling is known for this project.
Director Martin Scorsese is said to also be involved, but as a Producer on the film. The film is looking to take inspiration from the gritty crime noir style look of the original comics from Bob Kane and Bill Finger, which is what made Scorsese join the film.
The strangest thing to come out of this news is that Jared Leto is not reprising his role as The Joker, since this will take place in the 80’s and outside of the current DC Extended Universe. This goes along with a new DC Comics banner that Warner Bros. will unveil soon in which some DC Films will have different actors playing the iconic roles and take place within their own universe, similar to the animated films.
This wouldn’t be the first time Warner Bros. would attempt having two universes going on at the same time. Back in 2007 George Miller would have directed Justice League: Mortal, which would have had Armie Hammer as Batman, while Christian Bale was still playing Batman in the Nolan trilogy, but the film was abandoned at the last-minute due to the writer’s strike.
No word from Warner Bros. on a confirmation.
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