The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Joaquin Phoenix has finalised his deal to star as Batman’s iconic arch-nemesis in Todd Phillips villain origin film of The Joker.
The studio describes the film as “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
With Joaquin Phoenix on board, the project has officially been greenlit by Warner Bros. and is reportedly set to begin filming in New York this September. There is no official release date as of yet for the film, though sources tell THR that the film could potentially be released as early as late 2019, depending on various factors.
The origin film is said to be getting a budget around the $55m range, significantly lowers than the last few DC Films released in recent years under Warner Bros. The standalone is meant to be a darker and more experimental in tone and content, being described as more of a crime drama.
The project has been long reported about, since way back in August of last year it was reported that Todd Philips and Scott Silver were co-writing the script, with Philips also attached to direct and serve as producer alongside Martin Scorsese. This report of Phoenix’s casting doesn’t add Scorsese’s name in the producing side of things of the project, whether it’s believed to be a formality or if he’s actually dropped out of the project. Emma Tillinger Koskoff will be working as a producer on the project and Richard Baratta is serving as executive producer.
I for one am excited about the project, particularly since it’s given a clean slate from connecting with the rest of the DC Films and Phoenix cast as The Joker is something I definitely want to see on the big screen.