Published: Thu, August 24, 2017
Culture | By Marion Pratt

Warner Bros. is Making a "Gritty" Origin Story Film for The Joker

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The film is meant to launch a yet-to-be-named new banner at Warner Bros., which will expand the universe of DC films to create new storylines with different actors playing the beloved characters.

The movie will reportedly be a grounded, gritty crime movie set in Gotham City during the early 1980s.

The Joker has previously been played by Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson in film versions, while Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has been the villain's voice in cartoon and video game adaptations.

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It's been announced that Warner Bros and DC are in the very early stages of an origin story for Batman's signature arch nemesis, The Joker. Remaining consistent is a plunge into a Value-Added Tax of chemicals being responsible for his green hair and unearthly pallor. In addition to the fact that Leto generally earned poor reviews for his performance in Suicide Squad, he expressed disappointment after the release of that movie that so many of his scenes were cut out.

And just a year ago, Jared Leto played the Joker in the "Suicide Squad" movie. One report stated that Martin Scorsese was producing the project, but THR reported that his involvement is far from assured. 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.

Deadline is reporting that The Hangover director Todd Phillips has been hired by Warner Bros.to co-write a Joker origin movie with 8 Mile writer Scott Silver. Which only means one thing guys, many more spin offs to come!

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The Joker has assumed villain duty in at least six big-screen "Batman" adaptations, but he's about to get a movie all to himself.

The idea at this point is to make an origin story with a younger actor playing the role of the Joker (even though Jared Leto will reprise his role in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spinoff).

There is no set timeline on how the film will play out in the DC schedule.

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