For almost 80 years, the famous comic book villain, Joker, has been shown in many different varieties through many sorts of medium such as comic books, film, television, and video games; all portrayed in a different way by the artists and actors.
Some people say he’s known as one of the best villains ever written and has helped change the way writers create characters. Some people also love the mystery about him by having little to no history known about him. Well that’s soon going to change.
Deadline reported Tuesday that a Joker origin movie is in the works. Warner Bros has set Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and Scott Silver (8 Mile) to write the script. Phillips will direct the film with Martin Scorcese producing. This will be the first film where WB will expand the DC canon and make unique storylines with different actors playing DC characters, meaning this film will have nothing to do with the current DC movies.
It has been reported earlier that Jared Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in Suicide Squad 2 and the Harley Quinn spinoff, and since they’re going to get a different actor for this origin film, it means we’ll probably see a younger actor play the character.
Hollywood is now at that point where two actors will play the same character in two movies, and both will have nothing to do with each other timeline wise. It’s another way for them to take our money.
Doing this is a risky business move. WB might be able to get half a billion dollars just because it’s technically a comic book film, but if the final product isn’t good then there’s nothing left for them. This will already confuse many people who aren’t aware of the news. You might hear, “Why are there two Jokers in Gotham now?” This can also take the fun away from the beloved character.
One of the great things about the Joker is not knowing about his origin. We don’t need to know about it, especially if it has no involvement with our current films. Though the Joker does tell his origin in the comic book, The Killing Joke, it doesn’t mean that’s what really happened. At the end of the comic book he says that his story is “multiple choice.”
In The Dark Knight, the Joker played by Heath Ledger, tells different stories on how he got his scars, which helped add the mystery to the character. We saw how the Joker was made in Tim Burton’s Batman, with Jack Nicholson playing the role, but that was a part of the story that effected the characters and outcomes to everyone’s arcs.
If WB decided to make this canon and be a part of the DCEU, then the idea wouldn’t be as bad. It would actually fit Leto’s Joker. Deadline also reported that film would take place in Gotham city around the early 1980s and have the tone of a a gritty crime film. Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad fits that gangster / top of the chain villain. So then why is this not canon?
It seems like this is happening because of the backlash WB has been getting for their DC films. Though Wonder Woman was a good film, it’s still clear WB doesn’t know what to do with this franchise. This news makes it sound like the studio isn’t confident in the direction their cinematic universe is taking and they don’t have faith in Jared Leto as the Joker, who has disappointed fans by his performance and the amount of screen time he has in Suicide Squad.
There are many other stories WB can do with the Joker if they ever want to make a movie about him. The studio has plans to make a Harley Quinn spinoff and that’s going to involve the Joker so that has potential of having an interesting story. There are plenty of comic books to get inspired from.
Who knows if this will even get turned into an actual movie. WB has announced so many movies without an official date. The only movies we’re aware of that’s made progress and will be seen in theaters is Justice League, Aquaman, and a Batman and Flash film eventually in the future. WB says their next DC movie they will start filming is Shazam, but that’s still a bit of a ways. If we ever see this Joker origin film come to life, let’s just hope it will be a shocker and offer something new to film.