Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Origin Movie Gets Greenlight! | Joaquin Phoenix, Movies, Todd Phillips

It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in new origin film

In addition, Joaquin Phoenix who has been rumored for the role has officially finalized his deal to star as the Clown Prince of Crime. Will it be The Joker narrating his own origin to the camera, giving Phoenix most of the film to play outside of any makeup and create a dramatic story that won't feature any insane plots or superhero setpieces?

Directed and co-written by Todd Phillips, with Scott Silver serving as the other script writer, the movie is working with a roughly $55 million budget and Phoenix as the lead.

According to the studio, the film will be an 'exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale'. Under new leadership, Warner Bros.is reportedly moving away from announcing a slew of superhero release dates far in advance, which some thought crippled the launch of the DCEU with rushed productions. This will give Warner Bros. another chance to redeem itself following the disappointing Justice League and Suicide Squad films; the latter of which was widely criticized for its handling of Jared Leto's Joker.

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Leto is still set to play the Joker in the Suicide Squad sequel, as well as a separate standalone movie.

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