DC Entertainment's Joker origin film is officially greenlit, with a tentative starting shoot day this fall.
Warner Bros.is moving forward with a Joker solo film starring Joaquin Phoenix from director Todd Phillips and producer Martin Scorsese, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Phoenix entered talks to take on the role this past February, but this was far from a done deal as the Oscar-nominated actor had previously been in prolonged talks to lead Marvel's Doctor Strange before ultimately backing out.
The film is co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver (8 Mile). The film is expected to begin shooting in September with a relatively low budget of $55 million. According to THR, the film is "meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content (at least as experimental as a studio can be with established brands such as DC), which is described as being akin to a crime drama".
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Joaquin Phoenix is set to star as The Joker in an upcoming origin movie about the iconic villain. It's possible the studio makes a confirmation at its Comic-Con panel a week from Saturday, but it's also possible the studio keeps things under wraps for now.
There is no release date as yet, which is unusual for a comic book film, although all signs point to this being quite different from the current DC and Marvel offerings.