Joaquin Phoenix Joker Movie Is Officially Happening; Filming Begins This Fall

It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in new origin film

It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in new origin film

DC Entertainment's Joker origin film is officially greenlit, with a tentative starting shoot day this fall. Will it be The Joker narrating his own origin to the camera, giving Phoenix most of the film to play outside of any makeup and create a dramatic story that won't feature any insane plots or superhero setpieces?

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

Phoenix's film is being described as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale", according to THR.


Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover trilogy, will be helming the new movie, having co-written the screenplay with Scott Silver. It's unclear if this Joker film will indeed be R-rated, but the film is said to be darker and more experimental in tone and content, likened more to a crime drama than a traditional superhero movie.

The Joker movie has been a bit of an enigma amongst DC Comics fans, ever since it was first announced in September of a year ago. Phoenix had been rumored to have the lead role for months, but played coy about whether or not he was aware of the part. It's possible the studio makes a confirmation at its Comic-Con panel a week from Saturday, but it's also possible the studio keeps things under wraps for now.

Though the studio has yet to announce a scheduled premiere date, the Joker flick will be released under the DC Comics banner.

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