There have been so many rumours and reports that it was easy to forget Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker origin movie wasn't 100% official, but only now has the movie been confirmed. Under new leadership, Warner Bros.is reportedly moving away from announcing a slew of superhero release dates far in advance, which some thought crippled the launch of the DCEU with rushed productions.
Variety first reported that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime.
That's a small budget compared to other superhero blockbusters, but the studio intends for this movie to be more of a "gritty character study" than a standard superhero flick.
"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. "I wouldn't say... 'I won't do Westerns.' It depends on what it is". If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that's what you want to do.
The idea of changing the Joker from a young husband and future father into a solitary, social pariah living with his invalid mother makes the villain an even more tragic figure.
However insiders claim the finished film could be ready for a late 2019 release.