Date: 11th July 2018

Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Playing The Joker.

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

Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.

The budget is reportedly in the $55 million range. This is quite a bit lower than most DC Films, but this one is not connected to any of the films we’ve seen from the studio in recent times. It is said to be darker in tone and apparently more of a crime drama.

A spin-off from Suicide Squad featuring Jared Leto as The Joker is also in the works, but will be its own thing and nothing to do with Phillips' movie.

Source: Press Release