It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix will be the Joker. A few months ago it was learned that the actor was the main candidate for the film about the origins of the villain that Todd Phillips is preparing; Phoenix wanted the paper but it was necessary to convince Warner and sign the contract. Today everything is resolved and the study has given the green light to the project.
With the signing already confirmed, Warner has set the start of filming for the month of September, in New York, but for now has not assigned a release date. The study defines the prequel as “an exploration of a man ignored by society that is not only a study of a crude character, but also a broader fable.”
Todd Phillips will direct the project from a script he has written himself in collaboration with Scott Silver. It should be noted that Phillips is known for the accomplishment of successful comedies, especially the trilogy of ‘The Hangover’ (‘Resacón en Las Vegas’); also directed ‘Those university sprees’ (‘Old School’) or ‘Out of accounts’ (‘Due Date’). His most recent film is ‘Game of arms’ (‘War Dogs’).
The prequel to the Joker will be a dark criminal drama with a “modest” budget
In any case, Warner does not want to follow in the footsteps of Marvel with this spin-off, the idea is not to do something funny; on the contrary, it will be a dark and experimental criminal drama. The project will also not have a large budget, it will cost around 55 million dollars, a very modest figure for the subgenre of adaptations of comics and superheroes.
Recall that the story will be set in the 70s and 80s, not today, focusing on the rise of the Joker within a gang of criminals and alternating with flashbacks about his traumatic childhood. Joaquin Phoenix will be the fifth actor to play Batman’s greatest enemy on the big screen, after Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.
Of course, the signing of Phoenix does not mean that Warner is replacing Leto; has the two actors to give life to the Joker. In fact, Leto will also have his own solo movie centered on the villain and is expected to return in the sequel to ‘Suicide Squad’. What Todd Phillips is going to do with Phoenix is an independent production that will have no relationship with the rest of the DC Universe.