Director of notorious comedy movie ‘The Hangover’, Todd Phillips, is in talks to co-write and direct an as-of-yet untitled movie centered on the origins of the Batman arch-nemesis, the Joker. According to, super director Martin Scorsese is in talks to have some sort of role on the film, but it remains currently unknown what that role would be.

This might give Warner Bros./DC the opportunity to expand the canon with unique story angles that aren’t included in its current cinematic universe, the website said.

Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become to be a mastermind criminal. Sources say the story will take place in the ’80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic book movie, which had a lot to do with getting Scorsese’s commitment to the project.

Jared Leto most recently played the Clown Prince of Crime in ‘Suicide Squad’ and is likely to reprise that role in ‘Suicide Squad 2’, but will not be featured in this film, as Phillips will look to cast someone else.