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‘The Joker Movie’ in the Works at DC Films With Todd Phillips

Film will be under new banner expanding DC characters and concepts apart from DC Extended Universe

“The Hangover” filmmaker Todd Phillips has been tapped to co-write and possibly direct an origin movie about DC Comics villain The Joker, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

The project is expected to be part of a yet-to-be announced new banner under DC Films  that will give Warner Bros. the opportunity to expand its comic-book canon with unique story angles revolving around these iconic characters apart from DC Extended Universe.

Phillips will co-write the untitled Joker origin film with Scott Silver. The story will take place in early-’80s Gotham City and will launch the character with a different, possibly younger actor than Jared Leto, who reintroduced the villain in last year’s “Suicide Squad.”

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Leto is likely to reprise the role in “Suicide Squad 2” and the upcoming “Gotham City Sirens.”

Martin Scorsese could come on as a producer of the project but the Oscar winner’s possible involvement is still in the very early stages, according to an individual with knowledge of the film.

Phillips is best known for writing and directing the “Hangover” franchise for the studio. He last wrote, directed and produced “War Dogs,” starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

Silver’s recent credits include “The Finest Hours;” he also wrote the upcoming crime drama “White Boy Rick.”

Phillips and Silver are repped by CAA.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.