Warner Brothers has finalized a deal with Joaquin Phoenix to star as the Joker in an upcoming origin film, which has now officially been green lit. Todd Phillips (War Dogs) has been tapped to direct the film, as he and Scott Silver co-wrote the script. The studio characterized the film as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
A release date has not been set by Warner Bros, which is somewhat of a rarity, as studios have typically planned out comic picture releases years in advance. And with just a $55 million budget, the stand-alone film seems headed in a unique direction for a comic book film. The movie is rumored to be darker, different, and more experimental than most traditional origin story films. And though the film doesn’t have a release date yet, filming is scheduled to begin this fall and fans might be able to expect it as early as late 2019.
In addition to the Joaquin Phoenix project, Warner Bros. also has a second possible Joker stand-alone film in the works. While the deal is in place for Jared Leto to reprise his role from Suicide Squad, it has since become clear the Phoenix’s film will take priority and be released first..