New Joker Origin Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Happening

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Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly closed his deal to play The Joker in a standalone Warner Bros. film, which now has the greenlight to start production in September, per THR.

Last August, it was reported that Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was set to direct from a script co-written by Scott Silver (8 Mile) and himself and that he'd also produce the film alongside legendary director Martin Scorsese.

Leto is still set to play the Joker in the Suicide Squad sequel, as well as a separate standalone movie.

Phoenix, 43, has previously said he wasn't against taking on the role of the Joker after reports named him as the next actor to personify the sinister comic character. Under new leadership, Warner Bros.is reportedly moving away from announcing a slew of superhero release dates far in advance, which some thought crippled the launch of the DCEU with rushed productions.

As such, the film is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content than previous DC comic book films, Variety adds.

The Joker is known for both his wit and creative cruelty, so it could be Joaquin Phoenix's turn to show off his villainous side playing the well-known comic book character. "I wouldn't say...'I won't do Westerns.' It depends on what it is". If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that's what you want to do.

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