Joker Origin Film Starring Joaquin Phoenix Gets Greenlight

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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. The film is expected to begin shooting in September with a relatively low budget of $55 million.

Official plot details are still under wraps but the Joker origin film is to be a gritty and grounded crime film set in 1980s Gotham City, separate from DC's current shared cinematic universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines as the studio expands DC canon.

This set-up allows different actors take the same roles, but different versions.

But now Phoenix has reportedly finalized his deal to play Joker in this untitled standalone, which Phillips-the filmmaker behind The Hangover trilogy and the crime film War Dogs-will direct from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver.

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Joaquin Phoenix is set to star as The Joker in an upcoming origin movie about the iconic villain.

"I see [a superhero movie] as any other movie", Phoenix continued. "So I wouldn't say, hands down, no - I wouldn't do that kind of movie". Last month, it was announced that Warner Bros.is developing a solo movie surrounding Jared Leto's Joker, which would exist within the DCEU world.

This standalone project is just one of the Joker-related movies that DC now has in production.

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