A movie about the origins of the joker is in the works

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Silver also co-wrote the screenplay for The Fighter, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. The director of the comedic Hangover films may seem an unlikely choice to helm a gritty crime film, but of course the Joker can be quite amusing sometimes.

The latest actor to breathe life into the character was Jared Leto, who played the villain in the 2016 movie, "Suicide Squad." . Mark Hamill voiced The Joker in "Batman: The Animated Series", as well as its 1993 spinoff movie, "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm".

This initial entry would take place in early 1980s Gotham City and capture the feel of a gritty Scorsese saga such as his 1976 "Taxi Driver". While it's yet unclear who will play the villain or if Jared Leto will return, some fans have been wondering whether this story could be the weakest one to make a movie about. In fact, apparently DC is looking to cast a "different actor, possibly younger".

Warner Bros. have not had a huge amount of luck with the Joker since Heath Ledger's Academy Award winning performance in The Dark Knight. I remain torn. In so many ways, this just feels like a total cash grab, with DC milking one of their more notoriously popular characters for fun and profit-which, to be fair, is almost all of Hollywood today.

It's probably also important to point out that this is separate from Suicide Squad 2, which will probably put a heavy focus on the relationship between the Joker and Harley Quinn.

The Joker's origin story is famously all over the place in the comics - with the most iconic example being The Killing Joke's Joker falling into a chemical Value-Added Tax after being chased by Batman.

Phillips and Scott Silver (8 Mile) are reportedly already working on a script for the unnamed "Joker" origin film.

It's unclear how the new banner will fit the film into the DC schedule.

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