New Details On the “Super Dark” Joker Movie From Martin Scorsese

It’s still hard to believe Martin Scorsese is producing a Joker movie. But that’s the truth – the DC villain and Batman nemesis will get an origin story directed by The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips and overseen by the master of the modern gangster movie.

Last we heard, the standalone non-DCEU effort would be set in the ’80s in a crime-ridden Gotham City with a new actor in the role. Now we’ve got an update from an odd source. Here’s what we’ve learned:

What is the new info?

“It’s dark. It’s like a dark Joker. As a kid, he had a permanent smile and everyone made fun of him. It’s like on the streets of Brooklyn. It’s super dark and real.”

Who said that?

MMA fighter turned actor Brendan Schaub (Range 15), who spoke about the project on The Joe Rogan Experience (via He started off with, “My boy Todd Feldman put this together with Todd Phillips.” Feldman is Schaub and Phillips’s agent.

So we’ll see The Joker as a little kid? Who could play him?

Fans have been half-heartedly suggesting child actor Jacob Tremblay (Room), and there have even been Photoshop renderings of him as the character.


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Why would the Joker movie be set on the streets of Brooklyn?

This is not likely to be truthful. Schaub probably heard it as the Gotham equivalent of Brooklyn. We’ll probably see a movie that looks like it’s set in the dirty NYC of Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and others of that era. Maybe Brooklyn will even stand in for Gotham City.

But it will be super dark and real?

That seems to be the case, but we were expecting as much. “Real” in terms of it being more realistically gritty, “super dark” as in probably R-rated, violent — basically like a Scorsese movie crossed with Phillips’s comedies.

When do we get to see this thing?

Warner Bros. hasn’t set a date for the movie yet, but it’ll be a few years at least.

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