Martin Scorsese Is Making A Joker Origin Movie Without Jared Leto

Martin Scorsese Is Making A Joker Origin Movie Without Jared Leto

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There aren’t many people that would have been able to predict that Martin Scorsese would be interested in making a DC movie. However, a new report states that Warner Bros. and the Taxi Driver director are teaming up to explore the origin story of the Joker in an upcoming film. Even more absurd is that the director of The Hangover trilogy is penning the script.

Deadline is reporting that this new project will be happening under an unnamed production banner at Warner Bros. and could “expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.” That means Jared Leto’s Joker is probably not the focus of this film. Instead, a different actor could take the lead in this DC spin-off.

The film is said to be an 80s gangster film set in Gotham City, which probably explains why the studio wants Scorsese involved. It also won’t be part of “any other iteration”, which gives the writers and director free-reign to deliver an original film without worrying about tie-ins or the extended universe.

Could this be the first of many one-shot films from DC? Whichever actor they pick has big shoes to fill, following iconic performances from Jack Nicholson in 1989’s Batman and Heath Ledger in 2008’s The Dark Knight. Perhaps we might get a Willem Dafoe or Leonardo DiCaprio Joker film after all.


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  1. Evert van Staaden

    I don’t think any true fan will consider this a good idea. The Joker’s lack of origin story is part of what makes him so iconic.

  2. Vasanth V G

    It’s not replacing Leto as the joker, they’re just casting a younger actor to play a younger version. Leto is still the joker

    • Zach Scott Crooker

      Yeah, 80’s gangster film about Joker with Scorsese producing, no Leto. I’m in. Despite everyone wining about not wanting a joker back story, cinema can explore

    • Jackson Parkhurst

      Nobody else gets the alternate universes in comics. That’s all the reason you need to have fourteen joker movies

  3. Shane Elliott

    No, no, no, no, no.
    Aside from The Killing Joke (which alludes to the fact that the origin we’re seeing Might be made up entirely) the Joker isn’t supposed to have an Origin. Or a Name. That’s always been one of the best aspects of the character. That we have no idea who he is or where he came from. That was why the origin in the Dark Knight keeps changing from scene to scene. Its the Mystery behind it all. The comics have already started trampling that mystery with origin story after origin story, and the revelation that there have been 3 separate Jokers over the years. Keep the Mystery Alive Damn It.

  4. Mike Alexander

    Defoe has his merits, but Bo Burnham would be a better choice.

    This movie is a shite idea, for the record. The average movie goer won’t understand the Elseworlds conceit, and just be as confused by the Joker in the DCCU as the poor kid who gets the wrong Flash action figure for Christmas.

  5. David Braz

    Richard Brake should play the Joker. (maybe not for the Scorsese iteration, but for tie in films) Just watch 31 and you’ll see what I mean

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