Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Fan Art Imagines Joaquin Phoenix in Upcoming Joker Origin Movie

It's official: Joaquin Phoenix will be the next Clown Prince of Crime.

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 Hollywood Reporter has revealed Warner Bros. has officially greenlit the standalone Joker origin movie that will be separate from the current DC cinematic universe. Phoenix entered talks to take on the role this past February, but this was far from a done deal as the Oscar-nominated actor had previously been in prolonged talks to lead Marvel's Doctor Strange before ultimately backing out.

Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover trilogy, will be helming the new movie, having co-written the screenplay with Scott Silver.

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The Joker movie has been a bit of an enigma amongst DC Comics fans, ever since it was first announced in September of past year.

Though the studio has yet to announce a scheduled premiere date, the Joker flick will be released under the DC Comics banner.

"I see [a superhero movie] as any other movie", Phoenix continued.

This standalone project is just one of the Joker-related movies that DC now has in production. I don't really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker. Even though this Joker pic is happening, Warner still developing another one with Jared Leto in the role.

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