The Joker is probably the biggest and the most iconic DC Comics villain and that is why he is getting the most importance on the big screen. No other villain except for Lex Luther has had the number of appearances that the Joker has. The Dark Knight’s Joker played by Heath Ledger showed us all how amazing the versions of this character could be, and keeping that in mind, WB is trying to invest big upon The crime prince of Gotham.
Warner Bros. now has 2 Jokers in play at once. They brought in Jared Leto to play the Joker in the Suicide Squad movie, and they also signed multiple movie contracts with Leto. He is supposed to have an appearance in at least 3 movies which are currently under development. There is the Suicide Squad 2, Joker vs. Harley and the recently added Joker solo movie. But along with that, WB is also planning to bring in a Joker Origins movie which is set in the 80s and will obviously not be a part of the so-called DCEU.
The reason why WB is planning to bring out two Joker movies is that Joker is a character with whom the people are really familiar with and he is easily marketable. Also, making a good Joker movie will not even be costly as it could easily be done within the range of $30 Million to $70 Million. So if it ends up making big money at the Box Office, WB would actually have huge profits upon the Joker projects. So this is a character that people would love to see, and different versions of him will obviously spawn more interest.
Recently it was announced that the Joker Origins movie is moving forward to the production stage very soon and Joaquin Phoenix was confirmed to be the Joker in the movie. In a recent interview, he revealed why he really took on the role of the crime prince of Gotham. He said:
“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on, always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the f-cking sh-t out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”
Not just this, new rumours suggest that even though this movie will be a solo Joker movie with not many other characters from Gotham to appear into the mix, it is highly possible that Batman’s father, Thomas Wayne could show up in the movie. This thought has been pitched in by Hollywood insider Jeff Sneider.
Sneider recently talked about the movie with Collider Movie Talk where he was asked about Robert De Niro’s involvement and character in the film, to which he replied:
“As for De Niro’s role, I don’t think he’s playing some canon type character. I think he’s playing like a local TV host or something like that, who’s maybe broadcasting about the Joker. I’m not entirely sure. I do know that one character who has a big role in this is Thomas Wayne.”
So there you have it. Thomas Wayne will be alive at this point of time and even though we have the DCEU’s Batman currently, along with Matt Reeves’ supposed new casting for his Batman movie, this Joker Origins movie could spawn another Universe where Batman could also come into play later on.
This is just a wild thought but if Matt Reeves also ends up failing while the Joker movie does well, this option could be thought of and built upon. Todd Phillips will be directing this movie while the movie is being produced by the Legendary Director Martin Scorsese.
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