DEADLINE has the exclusive:
Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. 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.
The storyline reportedly will be set in the early 1980s and will most likely be a gritty crime drama..
Jared Leto will most likely NOT be the Joker, despite his reprisal of the role in SUICIDE SQUAD 2 and the HARLEY QUINN spin off..
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