The Joker's origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is confirmed

The Joker's origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is confirmed

The Joker's origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is confirmed

Joaquin Phoenix is set to play the Joker in an upcoming origin movie for Warner Bros. Shooting reportedly starts in September in NY.

Under the direction of Todd Phillips (The Hangover franchise), the new film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.

Variety first reported that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime.

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The Joker movie has been a bit of an enigma amongst DC Comics fans, ever since it was first announced in September of previous year.

Martin Scorsese was previously attached to the movie as a producer but is now reportedly not involved, with Scorsese's producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff on board with Richard Baratta.

The budget is also significantly lower than most "superhero" films at around $55million.

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"I see it as any other movie", he said. With shades of the classic Hitchcock character Norman Bates, the future Joker is more isolated and tortured even before suffering sudden loss after accepting the incredible responsibility of caring for his ailing mother alone. The villain is also rumored to appear in the Suicide Squad sequel as well as the standalone Harley Quinn movie. "So I wouldn't say, hands down, no - I wouldn't do that kind of movie".

Pictures announced today that Joaquin Phoenix will star in an origin story of one of DC's most notorious Super-Villains, the Joker.

No official release date has been set, but THR claims the film could be in theaters by late 2019.

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