Joker origin movie in the works at Warner Bros. under new DC banner

Warner Bros. and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, which will tell the story of one of Batman’s arch nemesis, The Joker.

Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will co-write and direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips.

The untitled movie about the origins of The Joker, is the first to be produced under a yet-to-be announced separate banner with the intent of creating unique storylines for the studio’s iconic heroes and villains.

The Joker has played a memorable part in several Batman movies, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and most recently Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. Leto will reprise his role in the Suicide Squad sequel, however, Philips’ film is most likely going to feature a different and perhaps younger actor.

The Clown Prince of Crime origin movie will feature an intriguing setting in the form of a gritty and grounded crime film set in early 80’s Gotham City, much like and similar to a Scorsese film from that era, rather than a DC movie.

A source reports that Phillips and Silver have begun writing but there’s no decision where this movie will fit into the DC schedule.