A Joker Origin Story Is In The Works Without Jared Leto & It Is Not Connected To The Established DCEU. WTF?
As good of news as this is, it's also all the more confusing given the exact details, but here it goes. The Joker is getting his own movie that tells his origin. Fucking great, right? Well, it gets better because the creative minds behind the picture are quite deft at crafting original and darkly entertaining movies.
Per Deadline, Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and Scott Silver (8 Mile) are writing the script, with Phillips also serving as director and co-producing with none other than Martin fecking Scorsese and the idea for the story sounds really awesome, initially.
Are you kidding me? That sounds utterly amazing and it would be an absolute firecracker of a way to confirm my long standing theory that Joker V.Leto is indeed Jason Todd, making him the second man to take up the mantle. This allows for an older and frankly better actor to return as a more comics inspired version of the OG Clown Prince of Crime, who could possibly turn up in Affleck's last go as the Caped Crusader in The Batman. Brilliant! And then, the turn. This origin story is rumored to have absolutely ZERO connection to the established films of the DCEU. Yes friends, we've got an alternate universe.
Sweet shit. The people at WB/DC truly seem to be going out of their ways to make the entire DCEU fail. Look, I'm all for the idea of the Joker origins set in the 80s and with the creative team involved. It could be a really great movie, but to have it take place outside of the established canon of films is dumb for a myriad of reasons, least of which is that Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in both of the forthcoming WB/DC movies, Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens. However, it is possible the studio is saying the 80s Joker is part of a separate universe could be a bit of a ruse and I point to the word that was used a couple of times, "intention".
The film being set in the 80s allows them to call an audible and make this Joker, or at least an older version of this 80s Joker, the one and only Joker. How exactly? Well, Flashpoint for starters. Or even more simply, as this film develops and they cast the role, and excitement builds, the words "the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration", could not be mentioned again.
$5 says the 80s Joker ends up being the one. Any takers?