Red Alert: Scorsese To Produce Joker Origin Film
Article by Anthony Cleveland
Yesterday Deadline broke the news that a Joker origin film will be coming soon from DC and Warner Brothers Studio. Who gives a shit though, right? Another origin story in a lackluster superhero universe with Jared Leto's Hot Topic interpretation of the clown prince of crime...
Yikes... But just wait, there's more.
DC studios is finally taking its cinematic properties in a new direction and this upcoming film is evidence of that. This origin story will take place in the 80's and will be a gritty crime thriller. In a surprise twist the film with be directed by Todd Phillips (Hangover trilogy, Hated: GG Allin) and produced by Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Casino).
And more importantly, this film is a one-off from the DC Universe. So, no "DAMAGED" Jokers here! The current planned DCU will continue and Leto's Joker will return in the Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spin off.
We hoped DC would begin this style of one-off films based on their limited run stories after the Red Sonadaptation was announced. There are so many outstanding arcs from the DC catalogue that could be adapted (don't even get us started on their Vertigo line) -- picture a Kingdom Come film, or Grant Morrison's Animal Man, or Infinity Crisis, any good Green Arrow story...maybe one day when BvS fades from memory we'll get Dark Knight Returns.
By going this avenue DC can make any version of the characters they want. One year we can have a fantasy styled Batman like Hush and the next it could be a gritty dark Arkham Asylum adaptation. It's exactly what comic books do that feature multiple universes with the same characters all having their own style story.
We are excited to see where DC will go will this and are pleased to see them breaking from the Marvel mold.
Are you pumped for this new take by the DCU? Do you think it will save DC or will it still remain in Marvel's shadow? What one-offs do you want to see? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!