Despite the decidedly luke-warm reception received by Jared Leto's Joker in Suicide Squad, DC and Warner Bros. are set on giving the infamous trickster an origin movie of his own.
As I mentioned, the last time we saw Joker was in the less-than-good (crap) Suicide Squad played by Jared Leto. Both his performance and the movie have been appropriately bashed as being not very good, so you'd think that maybe they'd look elsewhere for solo movies.
But alas, this is not true. Even though we're kinda starting to get a little fed up of origin movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe alone have six, it looks like the DC Extended Universe will be adding another to it's roster. Warner Bros. are bringing on Todd Phillips to co-write and direct the origin story of the grinning lunatic. This is something of an odd choice as Phillips is known for directing all three of The Hangover movies as well as Road Trip, Due Date and War Dogs. This is a comedy movie director/writer/producer. I'm not saying traditionally comedy directors can't do superhero movies, that's been disproven by Marvel already, but DC really into the dark and gritty side of their films. The Joker himself is an inherently dark, morbid and horrifically gruesome character. This decision concerns me, to say the least.
But that's not even the most interesting part. No, dear reader. Martin Scorsese is on board to produce this film. That's right, director of The Departed, Shutter Island and The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese. This is honestly the last movie we'd ever expect to see him be involved with but hey, here we are. How much influence Scorsese will have here remains to be seen. The though of a pair like Phillips and Scorsese working together is a mind boggling prospect to say the least.
But things get even more interesting as although Leto is returning as the Joker for the movie nobody wants, Suicide Squad 2, we're going to be having yet another actor fill the boots of the DC villain. Don't worry, this made me sigh in exasperation too. I don't know why DC feel the need to do this, but they do and we're just going to have to live with these terrible decisions.
The Joker's origin movie is set to take place in the villain's early days in 1980s with a focus on his criminal activity, which will see a heavy influence from Scorsese we would hope. We don't know when filming begins or if it has a spot in Warner Bros' release schedule yet, but watch this space for updates.