Martin Scorsese Might Be Producing A 'Batman' Spin-Off About The Joker

Ha ha ha…huh

Ha ha ha…huh

With the oversaturation of the character aside, it's a weird time for DC to throw another wrench into its already uneven DC Extended Universe.

It's been announced that Warner Bros and DC are in the very early stages of an origin story for Batman's signature arch nemesis, The Joker.

The new film will apparently be 'a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-'80s Gotham City, ' which sounds like it's right up Scorsese's alley.

Meanwhile, Variety thinks there are enough Joker storylines that should be covered in the silver screen instead of his origin, including his love story with Harley Quinn featured in Paul Dini and Bruce Timm's "Mad Love".

Whether your favorite Joker is Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger or hell, even Jared Leto, the Joker is undeniably the most iconic "Batman" villain and it looks as though he's getting his own origin tale.

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Phillips will direct the film, produce with Scorsese, and write the script with 8 Mile's Scott Silver.

This also means that comic-book movie fans will get yet another actor to tell the Joker's creation story.

But the really exciting part of the story, at least for old school film nerds, is the news that legendary director Martin Scorsese is attached to the product as a producer.

It's unclear how the new banner will fit the film into the DC schedule. Phillips is said to be now working on the screenplay with 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver (via Deadline).

So, who will play the Joker in this new spin off? A script is being written, according to the report, but we don't know as of yet when it'll come out. I remain torn. In so many ways, this just feels like a total cash grab, with DC milking one of their more notoriously popular characters for fun and profit-which, to be fair, is almost all of Hollywood today.

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