Joaquin Phoenix will play the Joker in dark new origin film

12 July, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Donna Miller
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"And so it just has happened that those things have never come together for a bigger movie but I'm not opposed to any genre or any size of film", Phoenix explained. 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. The project will be made under a yet-to-be-announced new banner for DC movies at Warner Bros. that will allow for different kinds of projects to be made outside of the continuity of the DCEU.

Warner Bros.is also reportedly in development on a separate Joker feature film which would star Jared Leto as the villain, reprising his role from Suicide Squad. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will direct the film, with Martin Scorsese attached as an executive producer.

According to the studio, the film will be an 'exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale'. Whether Warner Bros will risk an R-rating too remains to be seen.

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Upcoming DC Extended Universe films include Aquaman on December 21st, Shazam on April 5, 2019, and Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019.

The project's budget will be in the $55 million range, which is significantly lower than most superhero movies and suggests a more risky take on the comic book adaptation a la 20th Century Fox's R-rated Deadpool and Logan.

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