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A short while ago, we covered the story of the DCEU’s Joker and what may be in store for the Clown Prince of Crime.
We mentioned how Warner Bros. was looking at producing a Joker origin movie set in the 1980s, with Martin Scorsese as director, and the intention of a younger actor to star in the role – though some reports stated how Leonardo DiCaprio was being considered, the same Leonardo DiCaprio who is a whole 3 years younger than Jared Leto.
We also mentioned how Warner Bros. looked at producing out-of-continuity movies whilst still producing the likes of Justice League, Gotham City Sirens, and the Suicide Squad sequel – which would equate to a whole host of movies that might not actually matter to the rest of the content audiences are watching.
To be honest, even for your resident Nerd-in-the-Know, it’s all been confusing, and it’s not just us mere mortals that are left stumped by Warner Bros. and DC’s plans; they’ve even got their own actors in a muddle.
Speaking to ODE at the launch of Destiny 2, current Joker, Jared Leto had this to say;
“I’m a little confused too, but yeah, there are a couple of things happening in the DC world.
I loved the Joker, he’s a great character, a really fun character to play.
It’s a big universe and when you play the Joker, there’s no ownership there.
You have the honour of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off.
But there are other films in development and I’m excited to see what comes from them.”
So, there we go…kind of.
Leto gave no definite answer as to whether or not he’d still be the Joker whilst another, younger actor – again, hotly rumoured to be Leonardo Dicaprio – plays the younger Joker at the same time, but he did confirm that there are definitely other DC movies in production or development.
How these proposed “out-of-continuity” movies affect the wider DCEU landscape remains to be seen.
It does seem strange that Warner Bros. who have only just made a successful movie under the DCEU banner (that being Wonder Woman, of course) already want to change things around, and I can’t be the only person who thinks that adding multiple layers to the franchise would just sully the efforts they’ve already made?
I know I’m a Marvel guy, but even by DC’s standards, this seems stupid.
We’ll have to wait and see, I suppose.