After the announcement that Warner Bros. is developing a Harley Quinn spin-off movie, rumours have begun to spread concerning the other characters appearing in David Ayer's Suicide Squad, more specifically Jared Leto's Joker.
Of course, if Harley Quinn can grab herself a solo outing The Joker can too right?
DC Comics' villains are possibly even more popular than their heroes. The likes of The Joker and Harley Quinn will always draw audiences into the theatre, so it's not completely crazy to think that Warner Bros. will produce a solo movie for Jared Leto's Joker, but should they?
We're already hearing that The Joker shares no actual screen time with Ben Affleck's Batman in Suicide Squad, which is actually really smart if Warner Bros. are saving that relationship for a solo Batman movie, but if Leto gets his own Joker movie could it pull attention away from the fact that he is supposed to be Batman's arch nemesis first and foremost?
I want to start out by saying that I would love to see a solo Joker movie on the big screen. Adapting solo movies for their villains is the perfect way for DC to differentiate themselves from Marvel, not to mention any film with the Joker will surely make Warner Bros. a lot of money.
Having him in his own movie would in no way go against the source material, one of my favourite graphic novels is Joker written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Lee Bermejo. I do, however, believe that if The Joker is to get his own solo movie, Warner Bros. shouldn't rush and have that first interaction between Batman and Joker first.
We already know that Ben Affleck's Batman has been around for a while, and from the looks of the bullet-riddled Robin costume he and the Joker have a rich history. If the Joker has indeed been around for as long as Batman in this universe then it would be interesting for Warner Bros. to explore the character some more and maybe show a different side to the Joker when the Batman isn't around.
Just thinking about the possibility of a solo Joker movie reminds me how lucky we are to be alive today. The fact that both Marvel and DC are pushing these Universes forward and thinking of new ways to entertain an audience is proof that the comic book movie phenomenon will survive.
In the end, whether or not The Joker gets his own movie depends on how audiences react to Jared Leto's performance as the clown prince. Everything we've seen in the trailers suggests we're getting a completely new interpretation of The Joker, and before any solo movie announcements are made I just want to see the character introduced right, and have him interact with Batman in some way.