DC fans may be getting a surplus of live-action Joker next year, thanks to two different films and a TV show set to portray the Clown Prince of Crime. Early last year, DC’s habit of developing just about any idea for a character into a film left us in the peculiar position of having multiple Joker movies on the horizon. Along with Superman, Batman, and Harley Quinn, the Joker has dominated the comics for years. And the Man of Steel withstanding, those characters look to be a big part of the future of DC movies.
Just around the corner, we’ve heard about a Harley Quinn and Joker love story, which already seems well into developing a script. And projects like Gotham City Sirens and the recently announced Harley Quinn solo movie mean even more appearances by the Joker may be on the way. But while the future is still uncertain, 2019 looks like it may have at least 3 live-action versions of the villain between the Joker origin film, Suicide Squad 2, and Gotham.
The Joker Origin Movie
Last summer, DC fans were taken by surprise when a Joker solo movie was announced that would explore his early days. Styled as a gritty noir taking place in the ‘80s, The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips was announced as the unlikely director and writer of the film. But, on the other end of the shocking spectrum, Martin Scorsese will produce the picture.
While news has been relatively quiet regarding the project, we have heard the Joker movie will be in a separate continuity from the main DCEU. And not long ago, word emerged that Joaquin Phoenix may play the Joker. With a number of big names attached, The Joker origin story could be the perfect fit for Warner Bros. and DC as they explore stories outside of the Justice League shared universe.
There’s no word on when The Joker movie will release—or what it would be called—but some reliable production information claims the film could start shooting this May. With key crew in place and a lead actor almost locked in, this summer seems like the perfect time for the stand-alone movie to begin. And if it does, it’s hard to imagine it not arriving sometime in 2019.
Currently, DC only has Aquaman coming this year, but 2019 will see Shazam! arrive in April and Wonder Woman 2 come in November. That leaves summer wide open for a project like The Joker movie. It also means DC may jump past Marvel and release 4 films in one year as Suicide Squad 2 looks to be arriving soon and could add another live-action Joker to the mix in 2019.
Suicide Squad 2
Like Bright, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad received largely negative reviews but seemed to be a hit with audiences. The film did extraordinarily well at the box office and the announcement of its sequel was hardly surprising. But Ayer’s exit and a prolonged director search put the film’s future in question—even as more and more spinoff ideas emerged.
With The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor now at the helm, however, Suicide Squad may arrive in 2019. This has actually been the theory for a while, as even with things on track this year or next seemed the optimal time to release the sequel. But a report that Suicide Squad 2 will film later this year points towards the possibility of it arriving in 2019 alongside Shazam!, Wonder Woman 2, and maybe even The Joker solo film.
While The Joker origin story seems all lined up to come in 2019, Suicide Squad 2 is still less of a sure thing. The main reason is that with a late fall filming start, its hard to imagine the Suicide Squad sequel premiering far enough away from Wonder Woman. And with two movies already locked in with dates, Warner Bros. would have a hard time placing four DC films without them overlapping. Fox’s The New Mutants was pushed back a year to avoid this very issue, and the studio only had three Marvel properties planned. Given when filming is set to start, Suicide Squad 2 may just be the film that kicks off DC’s 2020. Still, it will be two major live-action Jokers hitting screens less than a year apart—and that’s not counting Gotham.
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