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Martin Scorsese To Produce Joker's Origin Batman Spin-Off

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Martin Scorsese To Produce Joker's Origin Batman Spin-Off

Warner Bros and DC are working on an origin story of Batman villain The Joker, according to a report in the Hollywood online news site, Deadline.

Martin Scorsese has been signed-on to produce the feature and it will be directed by The Hangover's Todd Phillips, who will co-write the film alongside 8 Mile writer Scott Silver.

Jared Leto will play the character in the forthcoming Suicide Squad sequel and Gotham City Sirens, but it is believed that a different actor, younger actor will be handed the role - although with Scorsese being on board you probably can't rule out Dicaprio being given the nod.

"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," Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr writes.

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With Heath Ledger's role in The Dark Knight being so iconic, whoever ends up playing the lead will have big shoes to fill.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Topics: The Joker, Heath Ledger, Batman

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