Martin Scorsese has been tapped to produce a the Joker origin film based in the 1980’s. Think Travis Bickle running wild in the streeets of Gotham. Reported by Deadline, Martin Scorsese will produce the latest Batman Universe spinoff, an origin story for DC’s most infamous supervillain, the Joker. It will be totally independent of the Justice League and Suicide Squad currently underway. The film is more aimed to invoke the same tone Scorsese gave in his classics like Taxi Driver, Mean Streets and Raging Bull —“a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-’80s Gotham City.” The Hangover director Todd Phillips and 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver are currently co-authoring the script, with Phillips set to direct. Obviously seeing Scorsese’s name associated with DC Film gives it a new level of prestige and high expectations.
Of course this isn’t the first time the Joker has been depicted on screen as everything from a prankster to a psycho. And as you can expect with such a beloved character many fans are skeptical about how this film will turn out or who is worthy enough to play the young Joker. Batman’s mortal enemy has most famously been played (or voiced) by Jack Nicholson, Mark Hamill, and Heath Ledger (for which he won a posthumous Oscar). Jared Leto is the latest actor to don the clown make up and received many mixed reviews. Check back for more updates on the Joker origin film.