Joker Origins Film In The Works; Martin Scorsese, Todd Phillips Involved

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Instead, it will be part of an unannounced imprint of DC films that will look to tell one-off stories about beloved characters in the DC canon.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros. and DC Films are in the early stages of developing new Joker origin story as their latest expansion of the Batman universe and they've brought some heavy-hitters aboard including Martin Scorsese.

Warner Bros.is working on an origin movie on the legendary DC Comics villain The Joker.

While Leto is set to reprise his role in the Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spin-off, the upcoming origin film will see a new actor portray the Clown Prince of Darkness.

Scorsese may not be directing, but he will still have a strong presence in the film, as it's said to take inspiration from the director's early films like Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy, and Raging Bull. The origin-story concept also breaks with DC tradition: as many have pointed out, the Joker's origin is supposed to be nebulous, which is what makes him such an unpredictable antagonist. Since then, the character was revived in 2016's lame Suicide Squad, in animation with The Lego Batman Movie, and will now return in a project from director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and produced by Martin Scorsese.

With Nicholson obviously too old to play a young Joker and Heath Ledger passing away in 2008 (RIP), it seems as if Leto would be the ideal choice for the role. A script is being written, according to the report, but we don't know as of yet when it'll come out.

Scott Silver, the screenwriter behind "The Fighter" and Eminem's '8 Mile, ' is on board to share scripting duties with Phillips.

There is no set timeline on how the film will play out in the DC schedule. Even Jared Leto, who plays the classic supervillain, voiced his own frustration at the decision to cut a lot of the Joker's scenes. The only difference is that this would flesh out the DCEU to an extent by giving background stories for characters and what not.

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