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Fans Are Already Outraged Over Martin Scorsese's Joker Movie

It will exist in a separate universe from Jared Leto's character.

After being portrayed by two different actors in two different DC Universe franchises in less than a decade, the Joker will return to the big screen in his own stand-alone movie. The most famous of Batman's villains, the Joker became a highly marketable character in the 2000s after Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning portrayal in 2008's The Dark Knight. Since then, the character was revived in 2016's lame Suicide Squad, in animation with The Lego Batman Movie, and will now return in a project from director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and produced by Martin Scorsese.

With the oversaturation of the character aside, it's a weird time for DC to throw another wrench into its already uneven DC Extended Universe.

What's bizarre is that this movie will be independent from the universe of Justice League, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad. As Entertainment Weekly reports:

The Joker movie is to be the first project produced under a yet-to-be announced banner separate from the continuity of the mainstream DC Extended Universe, which encompasses films such as Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming Justice League. The new banner is intended to bring unique story angles to the studio's iconic heroes and villains.

And fans are already outraged at the idea of the Joker getting his own stand-alone movie—especially one directed by the guy who made The Hangover.

The idea at this point is to make an origin story with a younger actor playing the role of the Joker (even though Jared Leto will reprise his role in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spinoff). As Deadline reports:


The intention is to make a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-'80s Gotham City that isn't meant to feel like a DC movie as much as one of Scorsese's films from that era, like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, or The King Of Comedy. I'm told that Phillips and Silver are writing already, but there is nothing firm on where this will fit into the DC schedule.

Hmm. Sounds, well, unnecessary, but maybe even Scorsese can save what sounds like a doomed project.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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