With the critical and commercial success of Wonder Woman and the addition of Joss Whedon to the DC creative team for Justice League reshoots and the upcoming Batgirl movie, it feels like Warner Brothers may slowly be turning the tide with their comic book movie universe. In particular, they are continuing to rely pretty heavily on Batman with several related spin-offs including Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, a Nightwing movie, and the aforementioned Batgirl film. Now this week we are learning that there is a new Joker solo movie in the works that will supposedly involve Martin Scorsese of all people. It may sound like an April Fool’s joke but somehow it appears to be legit. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros and DC are currently developing another new movie set in the DC extended universe that will tell the origin story of Batman’s arch enemy The Joker. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will direct and co-write the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter). Jared Leto is not expected to reprise the role from Suicide Squad and instead this version will likely recast him with a younger actor.
Now the crazy part is that Martin Scorsese is supposedly on board as a producer although it is unclear how involved he will be. They are aiming to make this a “gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City” and they are comparing it to Scorsese’s films from the era like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Phillips is best known for his R-rated comedies like The Hangover Trilogy and Old School but his most recent film War Dogs was a bit different and seemed to have been influenced by Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Ironically, The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis recently voiced The Joker for The Lego Batman Movie. Are you interested in seeing a Joker origin story on the big screen?