Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie Is Happening

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Warner Bros has officially given the green light for a standalone Joker movie, with Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role.

Joaquin Phoenix will be the latest actor to play the Clown Prince of Crime, and now we have a better idea of what that could looks like.

Phillips is reportedly co-writing the script (with Scott Silver) in addition to directing the film, whose budget of $55 million puts it more in the realm of conventional crime thrillers than effects-heavy superhero CGI epics.

A release date hasn't yet been announced, but shooting will begin in September in NY. However, Scorsese's producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff is still aboard here with Richard Baratta as EP.

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"I don't know...it could be an interesting character, I don't know", Phoenix told Fandango in April, adding that he wouldn't be opposed to comic book movies if the conditions were right.

For fans wondering about Jared Leto, who most recently played the famed villain in "Suicide Squad", Variety reports that the Oscar-winner will be back for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, as well as a separate standalone project that will be developed by Warner Bros. "So I wouldn't say, hands down, no - I wouldn't do that kind of movie".

Do you think Phoenix will make a great Joker? Word first surfaced about a year ago that Warner Bros. was developing a Joker origin movie from director/co-writer Todd Phillips that would not be part of the established DC Extended Universe, but would instead offer a unique spin on the comics character in a one-off feature.

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