– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When news first hit that Warner Bros. would be experimenting with a standalone Joker film, it was reported that it would be the first film in a DC Black label, which would presumably house non-DCEU DC projects, thereby giving filmmakers some extra flexibility in the types of stories they wanted to tell with the characters. 

However, in the couple of years that have passed since that initial announcement, we’ve heard next to nothing about the supposed DC Black label. So what’s the deal with it? Did it exist at all? Was it misreporting or just an early idea that never took off?

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As Joker director Todd Phillips revealed to Los Angeles Times, it’s an idea that he proposed that DC Black be used as the testing grounds for “independent-minded films about these characters.”

“They’re like, ‘Calm down with the label — how about you do one movie?’”

Given Warner Bros.’ track record for going all in on unproven things, it’s probably a good thing they wanted to take this one film at a time. It’s a philosophy that seems to have gone extinct in Hollywood these days, so it’s great to hear them taking things just a tad slower for once.

What do you think of the label idea? Should Warner Bros. have committed to it fully? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Los Angeles Times

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.