While Sony is busy doing work on several origin stories for Spider-Man characters, Warner Bros. Studios has announced its own efforts on a similar project for a very famous DC villain. We’re getting a Joker origin film, ladies and gentleman of Gotham! It seems Warner Bros. has decided to give audiences a different take on the Batman villain we love to hate. The latest actor to take on the role will be Joaquin Phoenix. The actor has signed on to play the Joker in a new film co-written and directed by Todd Phillips, with Scott Silver also co-writing.
We’ve seen the character of the joker played multiple times on screen by a series of talented actors and voice actors alike, but this will be the first time we get to see a film revolving solely around him instead of Batman or the Suicide Squad. In the press release, WB stated that the film will be an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
While the last Joker, portrayal by Jared Leto in Suicide Squad, had mixed reviews, the studio is still moving forward with a sequel to the franchise, in fact, it’s reported that the film will be more focused on the character of Joker. The Joker is arguably as popular as Batman himself, so the decision to saturate their DC roster with the villain is no coincidence.