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‘The Joker’ Origins Film May Take Inspiration From ‘The Killing Joke’



Development on The Joker movie continues at Warner Bros. and a new report has revealed the film may follow a similar back story to that of “The Killing Joke” graphic novel.

According to The Wrap, the film will take place in the 1980s and The Joker will be a failed comedian. Their report also indicated the film will include nods to Martin Scorsese’s 1982 flick, King of Comedy which starred Robert De Niro.

The premise is similar to Alan Moore’s 1988 graphic novel The Killing Joke, which presented the Joker’s origins by showing him as a failed stand-up who goes insane after “one bad day” ruins his life.

Filmmaker Todd Phillips, known for The Hangover Trilogy will direct the film. He’s penning the script with Scott Silver (The Fighter).

The film won’t be set in Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe. It will be under a new banner of DC Comic films.

Production could start before year ends, this depends on script rewrites which are currently underway. Joaquin Phoenix is still in talks to play the role, even though he recently denied all knowledge of the film in an interview with AlloCine.

The similarity to The Killing Joke makes us wonder how much they’ll use from the iconic comic. Does this get you excited for the film?

SOURCE: The Wrap

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