Joker Origin Movie Without Jared Leto Sparks Backlash: 'Awful Idea,' 'Unnecessary'
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The Internet blew up on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that Warner Bros. is planning a standalone origin film about Batman big bad The Joker.

"The Hangover" director Todd Phillips will reportedly co-write the film and possibly direct, while Martin Scorsese will produce.

The plan is to make a movie totally separate from the current DC Extended Universe, meaning no tie-ins to any current films and no Jared Leto. Deadline reports that the filmmakers are hoping to make a "gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early-'80s."

While he'll sit this movie out, Leto is still expected to appear in "Suicide Squad 2" and "Gotham City Sirens."

Though there quite were a few people excited to see what Scorsese could bring to the character, most of the Twitter chatter was overwhelmingly negative. A majority of the complaints centered around giving such a mysterious character a fleshed-out backstory.