I WISH that was the official promo picture for this Joker origin story, but that would be a shady way to announce it. There’s obviously no way they could do better than Bai Ling in a slutty unlicensed Joker Halloween costume. But until we know more, I’m sticking with this picture of Bai Ling, because I have the highest of standards.
Deadline damn near caused a nation-wide aneurysm for comic book enthusiasts yesterday by reporting that the Joker would be getting his own origin story. DC must really want us all to forget Jared Leto’s embarrassing meth-y mall punk fuckboi Joker from Suicide Squad. I’ll never forget! Never!
We’ve already sort of seen how the Joker becomes the Joker in 1989’s Batman. Jack Nicholson falls into a vat of acid while being chased by Batman, and then – boom – white skin, green hair, and the kind of pulled-too-tight smile seen only in nature on creatures like Bethenny Frankel or Kris Jenner.
We’ve also seen the late Heath Ledger set the bar extremely high with his Oscar-winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Deadline says they’ve been told the intention of this origin story is that it’s completely different from any other Joker story. They add that this film will launch the character with a new actor (so, not Jared Leto), possibly someone much younger. It will reportedly be set in the early 1980s, and be “gritty.”
Warner Bros. and DC are in the very early stages of planning, but they do have some details nailed down. The film will be written by Todd Phillips, who wrote Old School and The Hangover, and Scott Silver, who wrote 8 Mile. It will be produced by Martin Scorsese. Um, does Marty know what he signed on for? Wait until he finds out. “I was pitched something about a sociopathic criminal with comical hair, flamboyant suits, and a penchant for cracking jokes. You mean this isn’t an origin story of Tommy DeVito from Goodfellas?!?”