The realm of DC films has seen a wild series of ups and downs over the course of the last decade. From the heights of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy to the polarized response to Zack Snyder's Superman movies and the historic debut of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, DC has taken risks -- some of which have paid off, and some of which have not. However, the most significant risk yet may be upon us, as DC and Warner Bros. are in the process of developing a Joker origin movie under the direction of The Hangover's Todd Phillips.
The idea of an origin movie for DC's most mysterious and enigmatic bad guy may seem bizarre to some fans, but we're here today to talk about why it's actually a good idea. After the lackluster box office performance of Justice League, DC needs a big swing, and there are plenty of good reasons to get to work on this. On that note, let's dive in and talk about how the Joker origin movie could bring unprecedented talent to the world of DC films.
Lack Of Long-Term Commitment Attracts Talent
One of the most intriguing elements of the Joker solo movie is the fact that Joaquin Phoenix appears to be circling the project as the frontrunner to portray Mr. J. The actor has flirted with comic book movies before (particularly Doctor Strange), but he also has not shied away from elements of the genre that he's not interested in pursuing. A guy like Joaquin Phoenix arguably does not want to find himself locked in for a multi-picture deal that could eat up to a full year of his life, which is why such a one-off movie could be exactly what the genre needs to keep attracting talent of that caliber. By committing to single, standalone films that don't tie into larger universes, DC can bring in filmmakers and actors who want to focus on one project at a time, which pretty much guarantees that everyone involved will bring his or her A-game to the proceedings.
It Can Aim For An R-Rating
Make no mistake about it; it's hard to connect PG-13 and R-rated superhero properties. That's one of the main reasons why X-Men films like Deadpool and Logan barely made any effort to do so, and it's also likely why the Marvel Cinematic Universe films barely acknowledged the grittier Defenders series on Netflix. With a precedent set for PG-13 action in the DCEU with films like Wonder Woman and Justice League, the Joker movie already has one hand tied behind its back if it wants to try anything a bit edgier. Instead, by taking the Joker origin movie out of the DCEU, there's no connection to anything that has come before it, which also means that the folks behind the film can push the envelope as far as they want in the creation of their story. Want to show the gruesome tale of how he got those scars? Not a problem.