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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.
This standalone project is just one of the Joker-related movies that DC now has in production. The stand-alone film will exist in a separate universe from Suicide Squad and Justice League. Martin Scorsese is on board as a producer, which helped bring a lot of attention to it early on before Joaquin Phoenix was even attached to the part.
Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver ("The Fighter"). The film's budget is reportedly arond $55 million - relatively low for a major studio superhero film. Deadline reports that the film will begin filming in September and will be released under a new DC banner. And yes, the Jared Leto Joker movie is still in development.
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Phillips has described the film as "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".
No official release date has been set, but THR claims the film could be in theaters by late 2019.