The Joker Gets a Solo Movie Focusing on His Origin Story

The Batman villain played by Jared Leto in 'Suicide Squad' is getting his own movie with 'The Hangover' helmer.

AceShowbiz - The Joker is getting his own movie in the ever-expanding DC Extended Universe. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Todd Phillips is hired to help develop the project. He reportedly co-writes the script and possible directs the film. Rumor has it, Martin Scorsese is involved in the producing.

The movie is announced after Warner Brothers announced a new label that will specifically deal with DC-related projects. Phillips, the director behind comedy movie "The Hangover", will write treatment for the antihero along with the Scott Silver, who penned %cEminem%'s 2002 movie "8 Mile" and "The Fighter".

It is expected to explore the origin story of the classic Batman villain. Previously played by the late %cHeath Ledger% in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy, the character was resurrected by %cJared Leto% in the DCEU. He made his debut in "Suicide Squad" along with his on-screen sidekick Harley Quinn.

Leto once expressed his disappointment after many of his scenes were cut from the David Ayer-directed film. "Were there any that didn't get cut? I'm asking you, were there any that didn't get cut?" he lamented. "There were so many scenes that got cut from the movie, I couldn't even start."

"We did a lot of experimentation on the set, we explored a lot. There's so much that we shot that's not in the film," the rocker continued before joking, "If I die anytime soon, it's probably likely that it'll surface somewhere. That's the good news about the death of an actor is all that stuff seems to come out."

Despite his disappointment, he hinted at his return to the franchise earlier this year. Harley Quinn is also set to return in a new movie called "Gotham City Sirens". %cMargot Robbie% will be back as the baseball-wielding antihero and David Ayer is going to reprise his role behind the lens. The other characters rumored to join Harley Quinn are Catwoman and Poison Ivy.

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