Warner Bros. is doubling down on Jared Leto’s version of the Joker as Variety reports the actor is set to get his own standalone DC movie centered on the Clown Prince of Crime.
In addition to starring in the film, he will also produce the film as well. According to the trade, Warner Bros. will be using the standalone film to build out the current DC cinematic universe in the same fashion as the Bird of Prey spin-off starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
A production start date has not yet been scheduled. Leto and the studio will reportedly begin to search for a writer for the project. It also remains unclear as to whether or not the standalone film will go in front of the lens before the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.
Plot details for Leto’s standalone remain under wraps, however, the film is to be separate from the other Joker projects in development at the studio. A Joker and Harley Quinn movie was previously reported to have Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the duo behind Crazy Stupid Love, attached to write and direct with Leto and Robbie both reprising their respective roles.
In addition to these two Joker projects, the studio also has a Joker origin movie in the works with Joaquin Phoenix rumored for the starring role. The film, which will be separate from the current DC Extended universe, is to be produced under a new banner in an effort to create new and unique storylines as the studio attempts to expand DC canon.
Official plot details are still under wraps, however, the origin film will reportedly feature The Joker as a failed 1980s comedian who becomes the future Batman nemesis after bombing with audiences, a deliberate nod to Scorsese’s 1982 film Kings of Comedy about a delusional comedian. The story is also rumored to feature a young version of the Joker who was tormented over the permanent smile put on his face.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the DC slate as we learn it.
10 Reasons Jared Leto Is The Worst Joker
The Joker is one of the most iconic characters in fiction. His bombastic schemes, twisted behavior and eerie laugh are the things nightmares are made from. Amazing actors like Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have brought the Joker to life over the years, and he will continue to grace the big and small screen for years to come.
Jared Leto is another amazing actor who’s been lucky enough to play the Joker. The actor was dealt a poor script in Suicide Squad and wasn’t given a chance to properly shine. Certain aspects of his character were enjoyable, and hopefully he will be better in future renditions, but for now, Leto is considered a disappointment. No matter how far the actor pushed himself to get into character, things just didn’t click for him this time around.
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