The iconic Batman villain and one of the most enigmatic characters in comics, The Joker is just about to get his own origin story.
Even though fans were quick to express their anger after hearing the news that an origin story was in the works, we can all at least be happy about one thing – the character won’t be played by Jared Leto in this Warner Bros film.
Martin Scorsese has been signed-on to produce this movie and, along with that, it will be directed by ‘The Hangover’s’ Todd Phillips, who will co-write the film alongside ‘8 Mile’ writer Scott Silver, according to Deadline.
While the character never had his own movie, the character has been portrayed by some incredible actors on the big screen. Back in 1960s, Cesar Romero played the character in the Batman series.
Then, Jack Nicholson took over the role for Tim Burton’s Batman in the 1989 movie.
After that, Heath Ledger even won a posthumous Oscar for his portrayal of the character in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
The Joker is currently being played by Jared Leto, and he will continue to portray the character in in the forthcoming ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel and ‘Gotham City Sirens’, but, reportedly, a different and younger actor will be handed the role for this movie. But with Scorsese being on board, Leonardo DiCaprio probably cannot be ruled out.
The news was met with a lot of backlash, with fans mainly arguing that the Joker doesn’t require an origin story at, that’s the point of the character.
that Joker film is supposed to be an origin film? oh god
— Terence Johnson (@LeNoirAuteur) August 22, 2017
The whole point of the Joker is that he has no set origin story https://t.co/f63wzK8Zpc
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 22, 2017
An origin is totally unnecessary for the Joker at this point. And as in prev RT, The Dark Knight made it clear he’s scarier w/out one.
— Whitney Drake ðŸŒˆðŸŒŠ (@whitneyd) August 22, 2017
i hate the idea of joker having an origin like, we know HOW he was made but it’s so dumb for him to be like “oh look at him having a bad day
— restroom ranger ray (@batgirlofatx) August 22, 2017
But, hearing about Scorsese’s involvement, some people were still a little hopeful.
Martin Scorsese on board to produce a 1980’s Gotham City crime film based on the origins of the Joker? You have my attention… #TheJoker
— Jesabel (@JesabelRaay) August 22, 2017
Okay I’m hopeful for the Joker movie. If they are casting a new joker and Scorsese is suppose to produce then all is not lost.
— Nicole Huggins (@nikki_huggins93) August 22, 2017
DiCaprio must be playing the joker? DiNero is his father? Where does Joe Pesci fit in?
— J Gerry (@IslandKing63) August 22, 2017
But, after Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, whoever gets signed on to play the role will have some big shoes to fill. Literally!