New Joker origin story coming from The Hangover's Todd Phillips, possibly Martin Scorsese

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Aug 22, 2017

Todd Phillips is best known for writing and directing Old School and The Hangover trilogy, so he certainly knows his way around jokes. But how well does he know The Joker?

We’ll soon find out, because Warner Bros. has tapped Phillips to co-write and direct a standalone Joker origin movie, one that supposedly takes place in early ‘80s Gotham City and isn’t part of any other film iteration previously shown. Scott Silver, who penned The Fighter and 8 Mile, will co-write with Phillips.

Interestingly, Jared Leto, who most recently took on the role of Batman’s twisted foe in Suicide Squad, and is expected to do so again in the sequel and a Harley Quinn spinoff, will remain part of the DCEU. But this Joker will be played by someone else entirely, possibly someone younger, according to Deadline.

The trade also reports that 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.” So it looks like Warner Bros. is going to be betting even bigger on comic book movies. 

And if that's not enough to digest, Deadline is also saying that the one and only Martin Scorsese will produce along with Phillips, and that the early ‘80s, “gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film” will be influenced by the Oscar-winning director’s famous films of that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The King of Comedy. But The Hollywood Reporter says Scorsese’s attachment is far from a done deal.

While work is underway on the script, there’s no production plans or release dates set. But we’ll definitely be keeping track of this one. In the meantime, who would you want to see take on the part of the Joker yet again? And which origin story do you think we’re dealing with?