JOAQUIN PHOENIX's JOKER Movie Gets Greenlight

JOAQUIN PHOENIX's JOKER Movie Gets Greenlight

From a screenplay by Scott Silver (The Finest Hours) and Todd Phillips (The Hangover), Phillips will begin directing this picture in September, on location in NY.

Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that Joaquin Phoenix finalized a deal to star in its Joker origin movie, directed by "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips.

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. It's described as "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale". In recent months, Josh Brolin's Thanos took the crown for most loved villain, but before the Mad Titan hit movie screens, the Joker was king.

Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver ("The Fighter"). Deadline reports that the film will begin filming in September and will be released under a new DC banner. The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta.

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All doubt has now disappeared after bosses at Warner Bros. signed a contract with Phoenix for the lead role in the DC Comics picture.

The studio has yet to lock down a release date for this Joker origin movie just yet, but it's expected that it could be released in late 2019, assuming everything stays on schedule.

Jared Leto, however, will be reprising his role as The Joker in the sequel for Suicide Squad and a movie on The Joker and Harley Quinn.