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Ratner wants a 'Joker' and 'Storm' spin-offs

By Jim Harvey     September 25, 2008
Source: splashpage.mtv.com

Brett Ratner got a taste of the superhero genre when he made 'X-Men: The Last Stand'. Now he looks forward to a day when Hollywood would be bold enough to start spinning minor characters off into their own movies, in the same way comics publishers do.

In fact, Ratner told MTV Splash Page that he would love to get his hands on some Batman-family characters after Christopher Nolan is done with him.

"As a kid, Batman was my thing," Ratner said. "I'm a little jealous that I didn't get to direct it, although Nolan did a great job. But there are so many characters in the Batman series, so many characters that I love, that the opportunities for spin-offs are endless."

His character of choice? The Joker. Ratner could envision a movie exploring the clown prince of crime's days (if they exist) as The Red Hood.

"Heath was great," Ratner said. "But the Joker is a great villain. That's why Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger had so much to work with. And I think there will be another actor who can interpret that. It would be great to see [Robert] Downey [Jr.] as the Joker, for instance."

Ratner also said he's love to direct an X-Men spinoff movie focusing on 'Storm', a prospect that was even discussed by Lauren Shuler Donner at one point.

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