Deadline is reporting that Jared Leto is confirmed to reprise his role as the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Brothers upcoming Suicide Squad sequel as well as their upcoming ‘Gotham City Sirens‘. For those of us who could not get enough of the on screen chemistry between Leto and Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad, this is some very exciting news. In addition, it looks like Warner Brothers is also developing a Joker stand alone movie that is an origin story of sorts. Check out more details on it below and let us know if you are stoked about the news AFTER THE JUMP!
Warner Bros and DC are in the early stages of another Batman Universe spinoff movie, this one telling the origin story of the signature villain The Joker. The studio has set The Hangover‘s Todd Phillips to co-write a script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. Phillips will direct the movie, and Martin Scorsese will produce it with Phillips. This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.
I’m told that the intention is to make an origin story that isn’t part of any other iteration. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies in the form of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff, but this new film will launch the character with a different actor, possibly younger.