Overexposed or not, we’re getting a new incarnation of The Joker, this time as a solo film. While many were disappointed with Jared Leto’s portrayal in Suicide Squad (I thought he was fine, sorry not sorry), he’s being resurrected by The Hangover director Todd Phillips with the great Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer. The duo has allegedly received a commitment from Joaquin Phoenix to take on the role, although he has publicly since denied the story.
The film was said to delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal. In addition, it was reported that the story will take place in the ’80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama. It was further revealed today that it’s going to take from “The Killing Joke” and turn The Joker into a failed comedian.
The idea of the Joker as a failed comedian isn’t new. In the dark, grotesque 1988 graphic novel “The Killing Joke,” Alan Moore wrote the Joker as a struggling stand-up who snaps after “one bad day” and turns to crime to feed his family.
The project is expected to be part of a yet-to-be-announced new banner under Warner Bros.’ DC Films that will expand the comic-book canon beyond such familiar DC Extended Universe characters as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Jared Leto’s Joker, who appeared in last year’s “Suicide Squad.”