The standalone Joker movie has been picking up steam behind the scenes ever since it was first reported on last year. A standalone Joker movie that didn’t feature Jared Leto seemed far fetched at first given how studios like to build universes in a linear fashion. But Warner Bros. has decided to expand their DC universe by pretty much creating another one. This will allow them to produce these standalone movies that aren’t connected in anyway to the DC Extended Universe that we know so well. The biggest question surrounding this Joker movie was if Jared Leto isn’t going to be the Joker then who will? For as much as this project has been reported on there were only two names that were linked to the iconic Joker role, they were Joaquin Phoenix and Leonardo Dicaprio. Today it has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter that Joaquin Phoenix will now star as the Joker in the movie with Todd Phillips directing. The standalone Joker movie is set to follow in the same footsteps as the Birds of Prey movie by using a much smaller budget compared to the recent DC films. THR has estimated that the standalone Joker movie will have a budget of $55 million.
As for the story itself it has already been revealed that this film will follow the work of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. The film will be set in the 80s and it will be focusing on the Joker’s life prior to what has made him one of the greatest villains ever. The film will follow the journey of a failed comedian just like in the iconic graphic novel. The most important thing to take away from this scoop today is how the studio are looking to start shooting the film in September this year. We might not have to wait that long before we see this movie on the big screen. THR claimed it’s possible that it could be set for a late 2019 release.
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