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.
An origin is totally unnecessary for the Joker at this point. And as in prev RT, The Dark Knight made it clear he's scarier w/out one.— Whitney Drake 🌈🌊 (@whitneyd) August 22, 2017
that Joker film is supposed to be an origin film? oh god— Terence Johnson (@LeNoirAuteur) August 22, 2017
i hate the idea of joker having an origin like, we know HOW he was made but it’s so dumb for him to be like “oh look at him having a bad day— restroom ranger ray (@batgirlofatx) August 22, 2017
Yes, let's pretend Jared is a non aging man and need a "younger actor" to play the joker in a solo movie also let's ignore he has an Oscar.— Lucifer Morningstar (@Lucifer_In_LA) August 22, 2017
do we really need a Joker movie 😷— jess lisette (@omgfabulous) August 22, 2017
me about the joker pic.twitter.com/y90XLiWrlM— ⭐️🌙 Julia Reck 🌙⭐️ (@juliaereck) August 22, 2017
Can we just... leave the Joker alone for a bit?— liz (@lizfawks) August 22, 2017
I'm about sick of Batman and the Joker. Show me something new, I'll even accept Batman Beyond.— SparkyVenkman (@Sparky_Venkman) August 22, 2017
What does the Joker do in a movie that doesn't have Batman? And if the movie does have Batman it really isn't a spinoff it's Batman.— David Shayne (@daveshayneducks) August 22, 2017
A Joker origin movie is quite possibly the dumbest idea DC/WB have ever had, and that's saying a lot.— M. Dylan (@OG_MDB) August 22, 2017
Just when you thought Jared Leto was the worst thing that could happen to The Joker.https://t.co/cqnvE4V3j3— The Rogue Juan (@juanmadpelicula) August 22, 2017
|| I dunno about a younger joker, sounds like a waste of time to me— ᴹʳ.ℑ (@gigglesandblood) August 22, 2017
I love the Joker but WB/DC needs to get it together.— jeremiah a hall (@unbound1984) August 22, 2017
WB trying to explain the continuity of the Joker film and whether or not it's a retcon. pic.twitter.com/1oQYNh22An— Sam (@MyNameIsSam1776) August 22, 2017
The idea of a Joker movie that's not connected to the DCEU is a foolish move.— Connor Behrens (@ConnorFilm) August 22, 2017
Besides, that character is used best in dosages.
the new joker movie is cancelled— Liz 🚶 🔛🌊 (@ElizaGLotho) August 22, 2017
There's literally a MULTITUDE of other characters that are far better than Joker is that I'd pay money to see and yet we're stuck w/this BS.— A glass half full (@angelt18) August 22, 2017
There shouldn't be a joker origin movie, we've gone decades without needing to know his origin. The mystery shouldn't be messed with.— Brian (@BlewsAttack) August 22, 2017
Fuuuck. Offfff. Enough with the fucking origin stories. Everyone knows who the Joker is. It'll be fucking 'Maleficent' all over again.— Colin Miller (@nerdface76) August 22, 2017
This is an awful idea. One of the greatest aspects of the Joker is just how unknowable his past is. It makes him a force, rather than a man. https://t.co/rIvBTUR3EK— Matt Johnson (@nova_mjohnson) August 22, 2017
One of the most messed up things about the Joker is that we don't even know why he is the way he is 😭 Don't just go making up stuff— ája. (@AjaReneeee) August 22, 2017
So, a new The Joker movie:— Daryl Bartley (@hypercubexl) August 22, 2017
✅Not Jared Leto
❓The dude who made The Hangover
⁉️Not in continuity with any other WB/DC movies
why? ? ? ??
the joker spinoff film is gonna suck so hard— Nicholas Angelo (@KickBanner) August 22, 2017
There are so many other BETTER DC stories to tell on the big screen. Out of all of them, WHY DOES A JOKER ORIGIN MOVIE make the cut?? C'mon!— Rando Persona (@RandoPersona) August 22, 2017
NOOOO!!! 😭 Leto already ruined him why are yall tryna give Joker a origin film https://t.co/Iy1OhY8Jzk— #DrownedGod (@_idleThoughts) August 22, 2017
WE ALREADY HAD A JOKER ORIGIN MOVIE. IT STARRED JACK NICHOLSON! pic.twitter.com/c8hShZZ5Mi— alientraveller (@CCTabet) August 22, 2017
The best Joker origin story is the second one in THE DARK KNIGHT. Because it means the first one was BS. There is no explaining the Joker.— Steven D. Greydanus (@DecentFilms) August 22, 2017
Me with everyone who's excited about the joker movie. pic.twitter.com/nqNaEzsHHi— Rachael🌙 (@GovrnmtUnicorn) August 22, 2017
A Joker origin movie goes against everything that makes the character interesting. This superhero largesse needs to stop— sam hines (@samhines) August 22, 2017