– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Today’s a big day for DC. Not only did we learn that the term DC Extended Universe was an improper term not coined by DC Films, but we also have a confirmation of the Joker film set outside of the main continuity of films.

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In the recent Vulture piece that ran down the future of the DC universe, it was confirmed that the studio is looking to change things up with movies that don’t contribute to the overarching narrative seen in films like Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman. The first film to take advantage of this new approach would be a Joker standalone flick.

Last June, it was first reported by Deadline that the studio was going to experiment by telling Elseworld type stories. Johns told Vulture that the name of this new “label” would be revealed “soon-ish.”

This rumored Joker film would be set in the ‘80s, and would be a gritty crime story in the vein of Martin Scorsese’s finer work. With that in mind, it’s no coincidence that the studio was pushing to bring Scorsese in to produce.

In talks to co-write and direct the film is The Hangover and War Dogs helmer Todd Phillips.

This all seems to be in line with DC’s new approach to create director-focused films, and we can’t wait to see what comes of this vision.

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SOURCE: Vulture

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.