Legendary film icon Martin Scorsese is reportedly working on a Joker origin story movie. Scorsese is said to be producing this film which will be directed by Todd Philips of The Hangover fame. It’s said that this movie is going to be part of a new sub-brand that Warner Bros. will launch that’s going to focus on producing original movies based on various characters in the DC universe.

Deadline reports that Jared Leto won’t be starring as the Joker in this movie even though he most recently played the Joker in Suicide Squad.

The studio’s intention is to make an origin story that’s not part of any other iteration of the DC universe. So while Leto will reprise his role as the Joker in the Suicide Squad sequel and Harley Quinn spinoff, he won’t be cast in the new movie.

The new movie is described as a “hard-boiled crime film” that’s going to be set in the early 1980s. Scorsese is said to be influencing the style and aesthetic of the movie with Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy being mentioned as the tonal references for the Joker origin story movie.

It’s unclear at this point in time when Warner Bros. will come out with this movie. Given that there’s no confirmed information about the cast as yet, it may take a couple of years before the new Joker origin story movie hits the big screen.

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