According to Deadline, DC Entertainment has a solo Joker movie in the works that will center around his origin. While the character has never had a confirmed story of how he came to be, most fans favor the one presented in Batman: Killing Joke one-shot graphic novel from 1988 which borrowed a key element from a story in Detective Comics Vol. 1, No. 168 from 1951 where he was a thief only known as The Red Hood before he fell into a vat of chemicals while fleeing Batman and, as a result, his physical appearance was altered thus he became The Clown Prince of Crime. Take a look at the page from the original story:
Anyway, there are some big Hollywood names attached to this project:
The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. That’s terrific news! Here’s the bad news or at least the aspect I really don’t agree with:
This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.
Why don’t I like this? As most fans are aware, DCEU has had a VERY rough and unstable start therefore adding “non-canon DCEU films” to the mix jeopardizes any sure footing their shared film universe found with Wonder Woman and possibly Justice League – that is if Whedon did indeed “fix” it as the rumors are to have us believe. And yes, the “different actors” part in the blurb means The Joker will be recast for this movie, however Jared Leto is STILL The Joker in the main DCEU films.
The article goes on to advise:
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, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull or The King Of Comedy. I’m told that Phillips and Silver are writing already, but there is nothing firm on where this will fit into the DC schedule.
So what do you folks think? Does this news excite you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.