More comic book news? Sure. Warner Bros and DC are currently in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff film. This new project will be telling the origin story of the legendary villain, The Joker.
The studio has hired The Hangover’s Todd Phillips and 8 Mile’s Scott Silver to write the movie. Phillips will also direct the movie, which is being produced by Martin Scorsese.
“I’m told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger. An intriguing part is the setting. 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.”
That’s not a surprise. 10 years ago it would have been surprising, but now every comic book film is trying to be something ~different~
At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if DC released a Batman film set in the future where Batman questions if he was born in the right body.
“Set in 2025, an aging Batman begins to question his entire life after he has an eye-opening dinner with Caitlyn Jenner. In this thrilling, coming-of-gender drama, Batman fights against the alt-right in a quest to just…fit in.”