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The state of the DCEU‘s Joker continues to muddy the waters.
After everything that’s already been covered, it has recently been revealed that Jared Leto’s Joker will be getting his own solo film.
This, of course, is on top of the proposed prequel origins movie which may or may not star Jared Leto in the title role.
As reported by Variety, Leto will produce and star in the solo movie. This Joker movie will also act to set up “future movies branching from Suicide Squad.” Theoretically, this would see the likes of Margot Robbie helm her own Harley Quinn movie, as a bare minimum. By the looks of things then, it’s likely to instigate a self-contained Cinematic Universe within a Cinematic Universe.
For anyone keeping track, Warner Bros. has a Suicide Squad sequel in the works, the Harley Quinn lead Birds of Prey movie, the Joker origins prequel movie, a Joker and Harley Quinn movie, and this newly announced Joker solo movie.
Oh, and whilst we’re on the subject, apparently, this new solo Joker movie will not affect the Joaquin Phoenix-lead Joker origins movie.
According to Deadline, the Todd Phillips directed prequel is still going ahead as planned and will “fall under a different DC origins cinematic banner, to separate it from the titles set during the current day.”
Whilst little is known about this movie outside of a general plot, it does seem to be focusing in on being a “gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film” that is to be set in an early-1980s Gotham. Martin Scorsese is set to produce, with Phillips and 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver writing the script.
To make things even more convoluted, the project is heavily rumoured to make Phoenix’s Joker a failed comedian who turns to crime, changing his backstory ever so slightly.
Interesting plans considering the DCEU hasn’t exactly been a runaway success.