Fleming reports that the film’s aesthetic will feel more Martin Scorsese than comic book, and cites Taxi Driver as an example. Scorsese will produce, Fleming tells us, though The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources dispute this. Both sources confirm that that Scott Silver (8 Mile) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) will write the flick, however. While Phillips may seem an odd choice given his best-known films, he is releasing a crime drama this fall, which might give us a taste of what this Joker film might look like.
While some sectors of geekdom may herald this as “the end of the DCEU,” realistically, this parallels Fox’s decision to set Logan and the Deadpool franchise outside the X-Men Cinematic Universe proper. Given that the Joker stands among the few comic book characters with major mainstream clout, this makes sense. He levels with Wolverine, Deadpool, and arguably the Bat himself in terms of notoriety. No matter what timeline they set the film in, Joker will put rear ends in seats.
Fleming also writes:
This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.
What this “new banner” portends is unknown, but DC has a habit of innovating and risk-taking in its film and TV franchises. Whatever it is, we’re bound to be in for a ride. Standalones work well for Wolverine and Deadpool — could DC be looking to step away from the shared universe model, at least in part?
At this point, it’s too early to tell. But if more standalone DC films are on the horizon, I know exactly which ones I hope to see.