Villains are all the rage these days. Thanos is about to take centre-stage in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, a Doctor Doom solo outing is in the works at Fox, and Tom Hardy is about to cover himself in black goo for Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Venom.
Warner Bros and DC's film division are also getting in on the act with an origin film about one of the greatest comic book villains of all time, The Joker, and news of its development has pissed off as many fans as it's excited.
The Hangover's Todd Phillips is scripting the Mister J movie and the word on the street suggests Martin Scorsese is on board to produce, with the creative team aiming to deliver a hard-boiled crime film set in early-80s Gotham City.
Reports suggest Warner is eyeing up Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, which is ambitious and within the realms of reality considering his long-time collaborator Scorsese is believed to be involved.
On paper, it sounds like a dream team. Phillips will bring the comedy elements, Scorsese the gritty crime and DiCaprio the A-list talent - but with Warner and DC's track record in recent years, the fans still have cause for concern.