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Jared Leto's Other Joker Movie Sounds Like an Actual Joke

It's apparently a cross between Bad Santa and This Is Us?
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If there's one thing the world absolutely doesn't need, it's yet another Joker movie. And if there's one thing the world really, really, really doesn't need, it's a Joker movie starring Jared Leto described as a cross between Bad Santa and This Is Us.

DC and Warner Bros. are currently in production of two different Joker movies starring two different actors. There's the Joaquin Phoenix one that is like a gritty origin story, and then there's Leto's, which the writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa—in what I hope is a hilarious joke—described as such:

“It was sort of like, we wrote ‘Bad Santa’ a couple of years ago, and it was that sensibility mixed with our This Is Us sensibility. We kind of meshed them together. We were doing a relationship movie but with the sensibility of a Bad Santa, f***ed up, mentally deranged people. It was a lot of fun.”

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Certainly no one has ever put Bad Santa and This Is Us into the same thought. But it actually makes sense coming from these two, who directed a few episodes of the NBC hit series and also wrote Bad Santa. They also mention that their script begins with Harley Quinn kidnapping Dr. Phil “because her and the Joker are having problems with their relationship.”

There's still a while to go until this movie even begins filming, because Ficarra and Requa explained that the studio wants to lead with Birds of Prey—a female anti-hero squad film starring Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn—and the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie first.

Birds of Prey sounds promising, given Robbie's stellar performance in Suicide Squad. Or maybe DC will make that one a mix between There Will Be Blood and the Rugrats Movie.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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