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Earlier this week, news broke that Martin Scorsese would reportedly be producing a Joker origin-story film for Warner Bros. But the most interesting part of the announcement wasn’t Scorsese’s involvement, or the idea of digging into the Joker’s history again — it was the fact that the planned prequel wouldn’t be set in the existing DC Extended Universe film franchise, alongside Suicide Squad and Justice League. Instead, it’d be part of a new sub-series of DC movies focused on unconnected original stories. Just after that, recent comments from The Batman director Matt Reeves resurfaced specifying that his upcoming Caped Crusader film would also be “standalone, it’s not part of the extended universe.”

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