When Warner Bros. announced that it was working on a Joker origin story that would not directly be connected to the DCEU, it raised a lot of questions. Is it a compete standalone movie with no ties to the DCEU? Would that mean Warner Bros. is making DC movies not set inside the DCEU?
That appears to be the case.
Warner Bros. has confirmed to Vulture that it is making a non-DCEU movie and that the Joker movie will be a new take on the character completely separate from Jared Leto’s version in Suicide Squad. Leto’s Joker will still stick around in other DCEU movies.
This is exciting news. Leto’s take on the Joker wasn’t warmly received, and some sort of minor reboot for the character sounds appealing. So too does the thought of Warner Bros. making non-DCEU movies that don’t need to be connected to a bigger universe.
Ever since the DCEU was established, one of the main criticisms of Warner Bros. was its rush to make movies just to catch up with Marvel’s universe, which resulted in Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. The new direction Warner Bros. is taking sounds very refreshing.
Todd Phillips is still attached to the project as director and co-writer while Martin Scorsese is still in talks to produce, but a deal hasn’t been finalized.
Warner Bros. is still holding out hope it can somehow convince Leonardo DiCaprio to sign on to the project. Adding a mega movie star would instantly create non-stop buzz around the movie. That alone would probably ensure it would be a financial success, but quality should still be the end goal.
Even if DiCaprio and Scorsese don’t sign on, Warner Bros. has a lot of room for creativity here. The Joker is one of the most iconic comic book characters, and peeling back the layers as to what makes him tick could make for a fantastic movie, if done correctly.
DC head Geoff Johns said most details about the movie, including a title, would be revealed “soon-ish.”