Martin Scorsese Heads Up A Joker Origin Film, But Who Will Star?

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Aside from the Patty Jenkins/Gal Gadot Wonder Woman triumph, the DC Cinematic Universe is a critical failure and a disappointment to fans. Still, Warner Bros. is hanging in there, willing to let new and proven talents try their hands at revitalizing the franchise. In that vein, Martin Scorsese has been tapped to produce a Joker origin story, which is already enticing fans with a decades old setting and a younger, more virulent villain.
Can Fans Expect a Dark Origin Story From Martin Scorsese?
Known for such intense dramatic films as Goodfellas (1990), The Departed (2006), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2009), Martin Scorsese’s name might not be among those most likely to be chosen for a DC Comics film adaptation, but that might be just what the DCU needs at this point. As a hands-on producer, Scorsese has always insisted on a very high level of quality in his productions from writing to casting to special effects. Letting Martin develop a Joker origin story might bring the kind of intensity that the DCU has been lacking, particularly in relation to some of the recent Batman films.
Joining Mr. Scorsese, Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter, The Finest Hour) has been selected to direct the Joker origin film. Again, the director is known for his hard hitting dramas, suggesting Warner Bros. wants to take a new approach with this offshoot film.
Jared Leto Is Out
Some say Jared Leto didn’t get a fair shake in Suicide Squad. Leto, himself, has complained that most of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. While that may be the case, Jared will still play Joker in a Suicide Squad sequel, as well as Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off film. Whether that’s good news or bad seems to be a matter of opinion, but mixed feelings aside, Martin Scorsese just has no place to fit Leto.
The Joker prequel film will take place in the 80s, so a younger actor is needed to play the iconic Batman villain. Scorsese’s films are known for their dark and violent themes, so it only stands to reason that this will be part gangster movie and part DCU fantasy. In considering the way in which those themes blend in the Batman universe, one has to wonder if Martin will end up giving us something akin to a live action adaptation of the controversial graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke.

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