Joker: 10 1970s Comic Book Movies DC Should Make Next

If Joker gets to be Travis Bickle, why can't Wildcat be Rocky?

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Have DC movies finally found a formula that works for them? Mashing their iconic comic book characters into already existing movies.

Having successfully brought Shazam! (AKA original flavour Captain Marvel) to the big screen via a concept that essentially amounts to "let's just make Big, but now he's a superhero", DC have now taken things a step further with a version of the Joker's backstory that is made up of nothing but tropes, aesthetics and scenes from Martin Scorsese movies of the 1970s and early-80s (in particular Taxi Driver and The King Of Comedy).

And, hey, Joker has received a load of positive reviews and is a certified box office hit, so maybe that approach is the way forward?

With the rumour that Joker could be the first in a series of DC: Black Label movies - mid-budget standalone films with more focus on character-driven narratives, mature content and relevant social themes - why not look back to the decade whose classic movies were known for just those things?

In the spirit of Joker's "how about 'The Joker as Taxi Driver'?" pitch, then, here are ten more mash-ups of iconic DC characters and classic seventies movies that the comics giant could turn to if they're looking for their next hit.


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