'The Hangover' director developing Joker origin movie that won't star Jared Leto

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A lead is yet to be cast for the spinoff movie.

According to Deadline, the current Joker movie actor, Jared Leto, won't play the character in the new film.

A film detailing the origins of Batman's nemesis The Joker is in early stages of development, with The Hangover's Todd Phillips attached to write and direct. Apparently, Warner Bros.is taking the latter path to produce a new origin story about the Joker, the maniacal villain who taunts Batman all over Gotham City.

That actually sounds rather inspired, and while it's hard to picture the guy from The Hangover series tackling something in this vein, having Scorsese aboard lends the project a ton of credibility.

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Jared Leto's The Joker, which originally appeared in David Ayer's Suicide Squad previous year, is expected to return in future DCEU installments Suicide Squad 2 and Gotham City Sirens. But Jared Leto shouldn't clear his schedule, since this movie will feature a different - and maybe younger - actor in the role. For the same, they have roped in Martin Scorsese as the producer.

While Marvel has their cinematic universe mapped out until the sun explodes, DC seems to be approaching things in a more haphazard way. Silver also co-wrote the screenplay for The Fighter, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. However, Leto will most likely return for Suicide Squad 2.

The movie will reportedly be a grounded, gritty crime movie set in Gotham City during the early 1980s. Instead, this new "Joker" film would be part of a planned extension of the Warner Bros. brand that will take a unique and more creative dive on some of the most famous characters from DC Comics history. While the show has yet to outright label him as "Joker", Jerome Valeska does have the maniacal laugh mastered. We're not sure if this is a good idea, but we will be closely following this story to see what develops.

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