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Martin Scorsese Produces Gritty, Hard Boiled Joker Movie; Younger Actor to Play Batman Villain

by Tania G.   Aug 25, 2017 16:03 PM EDT

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A new movie about the Joker is in early stages of production but it is intended to be a gritty and hard-boiled crime film says its co-producer, Martin Scorsese.  ( YouTube/WhatCulture )

Warner Bros and DC are behind another Batman movie but this time, it will tell the origin of Joker. As it is still in very early stages of production, an actor has yet to be cast for the role of Batman Universe’s signature villain. One of the major details that has surfaced is that the legendary director Martin Scorsese himself will produce it.

An exclusive by Deadline reports that Todd Phillips (“The Hangover”) and Scott Silver (“8 Miles”) will co- write the script with Phillips set to direct and co-produce with Scorsese. The report also says that the movie is intended to be an origin story and not an iteration of earlier movies with the Joker.

The character of the Joker was made memorable in two Batman movies as portrayed by Jack Nicholson and the late Heath Ledger. Jared Leto was the most recent actor to play the villain in the first “Suicide Squad” movie. He will reprise the role in both the sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff.

The Scorsese movie on Joker will be an entirely new film with most probably a different actor to play the character. Being an origin movie, it suggests that a younger actor than the ones who earlier played the iconic character may play him this time.

The new Joker movie will not feel like a DC movie but is intended to be a gritty and hard-boiled crime film according to reports. It will be set in Gotham City of the 80’s and will have the feel of Scorsese’s movies from that era like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull” reports The Guardian.

Phillips and Silver are said to be already writing the script. Phillips recently directed the Jonah Hill and Miles Teller starrer “War Dogs.” Silver’s recent scriptwriting credits is for “The Fighter.”

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