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New Joker Origin Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Happening

11 July 2018

Now it seems actor Joaquin Phoenix is going to try his hand at playing the DC Comics psychopath with a sick sense of humor in a new origin-story movie green-lit by Warner Bros.

The film has been in development for some time, with Phoenix reportedly in talks for months.

There is no release date as yet, which is unusual for a comic book film, although all signs point to this being quite different from the current DC and Marvel offerings. In March, a report suggested that the film would follow the Joker as an '80s comedian, who turns to a life of crime after his stand-up career fails.

Martin Scorsese is no longer producing this version of the Joker as his dance card is full. Furthermore, it's also now confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix will be taking the lead role. "I wouldn't say... 'I won't do Westerns.' It depends on what it is". According to insiders, the Oscar-winner will not only will be back for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, Warner Bros.is also developing his own standalone movie that will be separate from Phoenix's Joker project. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that's what you want to do.

Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in "Suicide Squad".

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

New Joker Origin Movie Starring Joaquin Phoenix Is Officially Happening