"Gritty" Joker Origin Movie With Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed

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Variety originally reported in February that Phoenix was in talks for the role. " This description, coupled with reports that DC has multiple Joker films in development, leads to the burning question: Who, exactly, is this "cautionary tale" for?" Now, Hollywood Reporter confirms that the movie has been green-lit and is a go. A recent article confirmed just as much, and that the label of standalone DC films could be dubbed "DC Dark" or "DC Black". Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will direct the film, with Martin Scorsese attached as an executive producer.

And now that the news is officially official, BossLogic has drawn up a piece of concept art that imagines Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

"I see it as any other movie", he said.

"Well, the one thing that only consistently motivates me is the character and the filmmaker". If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that's what you want to do.

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Many have pointed to The Killing Joke as the basis for the film's origin story, but that seems to be questionable. He's a multi-award-winning actor whose range is nearly unparalleled, so we're very excited to see Joaquin Phoenix at the forefront of an "experimental" DC origins movie that's all about The Joker.

No official release date has been set, but THR claims the film could be in theaters by late 2019.

The new movie will find Phoenix following in the Joker footsteps of Jared Leto, Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson.

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