Man, I want to believe in the DC live action movie universe. I really do, but every time some news comes out, I’m less hopeful. Today’s big reveal courtesy of Variety is that Jared Leto’s Joker is getting a standalone film.
Variety reports the film would further expand the Suicide Squad corner of the DC film universe along with Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spin-off in Birds of Prey. It’s odd how Suicide Squad was so lukewarmly received yet Warner Bros. is using that as one of its main springboard for its superhero universe.
The Joker is a great character. Maybe one of the Top 3 comic book villains period. But does that equate to requiring his own film? It’s probably telling that despite a plethora of books on the market right now DC Comics does not have a Joker standalone comic. That’s something at least Spider-Man nemesis Venom can boast and I’m not all that sold on his October movie either.
Maybe I’d feel more confident if Warner Bros. Pictures had a better handle on the heroes in its universe? I’m cautiously optimistic about Zachary Levi’s Shazam film, but my excitement level is still at a yawn for Aquaman.
An 80s-based Wonder Woman 2 could be interesting, but I’d rather see Wonder Woman continue being that inspiring figure in the DC movie universe that was teased at the end of Justice League.
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And speaking of Justice League, there’s still no peep out of a Justice League sequel. At least Warner Bros. could try that Justice League vs Injustice League idea that was teased at the end of the film. I kinda feel like Warner Bros. is in the same boat as Lucasfilm in cranking out spin-offs that no one was asking for only to be disappointed when fans don’t turn out.
I just don’t know how this is going to turn out. Leto had an interesting take on The Joker and wisely took a unique spin on the character, but I don’t see what could be done with this version on his own. We still haven’t had a Joker vs. Batman film with this new status quo. Maybe a flashback film exploring how Joker killed Robin? That might be worth exploring.
Variety says the film would begin production sometime next year while a writer and director are selected.
What do you think? Looking forward to this or think Warner has better characters more deserving of standalone films?