Everyone loves The Joker but hasn’t Batman’s arch nemesis been overexposed in films and TV shows? Obviously not.
Reports circulated last week that Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are in the early stages of developing a Joker origin movie. Deadline said that “The Hangover‘s” Todd Phillips will co-write the script with 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, to be produced by Martin Scorsese and Phillips.
The Joker origin movie will be the first film under a new banner that Warner Bros. has yet to name, but which will expand the canon of DC Comics properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the characters.
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.” 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.
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.