A new report from The Wrap indicates the upcoming untitled Joker origin movie, from “The Hangover” director Todd Phillips and executive producer Martin Scorsese, is using Alan Moore’s iconic 1988 one-shot graphic novel “The Killing Joke” for source material.
The site says the film will portray Batman’s arch-nemesis as a failed 1980s comedian who develops the Joker persona after bombing with audiences. Scott Silver (“8 Mile”) is currently doing re-writes on the project, which is also expected to include nods to Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy”.
In the comic, the unnamed comedian turns to a life of crime to help make ends meet. On one tragic day, his wife and child die in a household accident and during a heist gone wrong, he falls into a vat of chemicals and transforms into the Joker.
At last report, Joaquin Phoenix is ‘close to a deal’ to play the Joker in the movie. However, a week ago Phoenix sort of shot down those reports saying he had no idea that the film even existed. He also recently spoke about his near casting as Doctor Strange, telling Little White Lies:
“I think they make some great, fun movies. There’s nothing wrong… I’m not a fucking, like, cinephile. I’m not a snob and I’m totally fine with… I enjoy those movies sometimes, and I think they keep the fucking industry going in some ways, so I don’t have a problem with it at all. I think that everybody was, is… I’m trying to figure out how to say this most diplomatically, okay… I think everybody was really happy with how things turned out. All parties were satisfied.”
The new Joker film will be a standalone feature and not part of the DCEU. No production schedule or release date has yet been targeted.