Jared Leto’s Joker Set for Standalone Movie at Warner Bros

Jared Leto’s Joker Set for Standalone Movie at Warner Bros

According to Variety, Warner Bros. and DC want to create a separate movie universe for their characters that doesn't connect to the current DCEU that features Ben Affleck's Batman.

There is a so-called "R-rated girl gang" movie in the pipeline, Birds of Prey, centred around Robbie's Harley Quinn.

The report also mentions a search is underway for a writer, and that it is unknown when it will start filming or even if it will film before or after Suicide Squad 2. Last year, the studio announced that Todd Philips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will be co-writing and directing an origins tale for Joker.

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The outlet notes that Leto is set to star and executive produce the film, which will function as a way to expand on the character from his appearance in Suicide Squad and set up additional films in the cinematic universe. Leto's "Suicide Squad" incarnation was more cruel and self-assured, sporting slicked-back hair, face tattoos, and silver-capped fangs. In fact, what it would mean is that multiple actors would play multiple versions of the Joker without overlapping storylines, with Joaquin Phoenix reportedly in talks to play the origin version. Much like how Warner Bros. stressed previous year that that film did not mean Leto was out as the Clown Prince of Crime in the DCU, it would seem Phillips' film isn't off the table either. Yet.

This is also in addition to the announced sequel to "Suicide Squad", which Variety said is expected to go into production in 2019. Many of these performances, like those by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, are the stuff of acting legend, but then you get Jared Leto's odd take on the character which can perhaps only be described as divisive.

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