Joker origin movie being prequel to The Dark Knight was April Fool Day’s joke

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The Joker Origins film, to be directed by Todd Phillips, will serve as a prequel to Christopher Nolan’s 2008 movie The Dark Knight, is nothing but an April Fool’s joke. A report by Screen Rant first shared a fake synopsis “for the DC film from Warner Bros” had revealed how The Joker, once a “well-meaning man”, came to become one of the most notorious criminals of all time. The story has now been updated with a rider that it was, in fact, an April Fool’s Day joke about the film, which would be produced by Martin Scorsese along with Phillips.

“Twenty years before Batman saved the city in THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, Gotham was a dangerous place. In the crime-ridden Narrows, one man tries to escape his unfortunate lot through a passion for theatrics and stand-up comedy. However, one bad day is all it takes in this city, and soon the well-meaning man has become the most dangerous criminal of all: the Joker. Directed by Academy Award Nominee Todd Phillips (“WAR DOGS”) and produced by Academy Award Winner Martin Scorsese (“GOODFELLAS”), this prequel to Academy Award Nominee Christopher Nolan’s “THE DARK KNIGHT” will explore how the Clown Prince of Crime came to be,” the fake synopsis read.

The movie, which is not a prequel but a separate origin story, will be co-written by Phillips and 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. No actor has been confirmed to play The Joker in 1980s Gotham, but reports suggest Joaquin Phoenix may land the iconic role. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies with Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger portraying Batman’s arch nemesis, most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise his role in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spin-off.

Phillips will co-write the script with 8 Mile scribe Scott Silver. No actor has been confirmed to play The Joker in 1980s Gotham, but reports suggest Joaquin Phoenix may land the iconic role. The Joker has memorably been part of two Batman movies (Batman: The Dark Knight and the 1989 Batman film) with Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger portraying Batman’s arch nemesis, most recently played by Jared Leto in the first Suicide Squad film. He will reprise his role in the Suicide Squad sequel and the Harley Quinn spin-off. While Ledger’s Joker went on to receive praises from all quarters, Leto did not find much traction with critics and audiences.

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