Warners Planning The Joker Origin Movie

Warner Bros. Pictures and DC are reportedly in the early stages of planning a new spinoff film exploring the origin of signature Batman villain The Joker.

The intention reportedly is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The project is the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named that allows Warners to create unique storylines with different actors playing iconic DC characters.

In this case, the plan is reportedly to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early 1980s Gotham City and so it won’t feel like a DC film. While Jared Leto is expected to play the character in both “Suicide Squad 2” and “Gotham City Sirens,” a different and likely younger actor is being sought for this.

“The Hangover” director Todd Phillips and “8 Mile” scribe Scott Silver will co-write the project which Phillips will direct and Martin Scorsese (yes, THE Martin Scorsese) will produce. Nothing yet is set in terms of scheduling on the project.

Source: Deadline