Warner Bros. has a Joker origin movie on the way, and three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is on board to star.
It’s true: Phoenix will be playing the iconic DC supervillain in a new move that tells of how the Clown Prince of Crime initially came to be. Warner Bros. describes 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.”
Word of Phoenix’s potential casting began spreading back in February, although info’s been hard to come by and Phoenix has even denied any knowledge of the project. Well, apparently it’s all been confirmed now, with THR reporting that Phoenix will begin filming the movie in New York this coming September.
The untitled DC film will be directed by Todd Phillips, whose credits include the Hangover trilogy, Due Date, Old School, Road Trip and War Dogs. Phillips has also co-written the script alongside Scott Silver, known for The Fighter, 8 Mile and The Finest Hours.
This stand-alone origin movie will reportedly be coming to life with a $US55 million budget, which is on the lower end for a studio comic book pic, and is going to be a little more experimental than most of the adaptations of late. The crime drama will be decidedly darker in tone, and perhaps not in the way the DC universe has been thus far.
As of now, it appears there are two Joker films in active development; Jared Leto will be reprising his Joker role in another standalone pic he’ll be executive producing.