On the cusp of the 10-year anniversary of the reigning king of the comic book film – The Dark Knight – DC + WB Pictures gives fans news on the coming origin film of The Joker. Following news of the casting of Joaquin Phoenix as the prolific Clown Prince of Crime, it is now known what the intended release date will be.
The release for the Joker origin film is set for October 4th 2019.
Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter). The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta. The film begins production later this year.
The movie is also said to have a budget of around $55 million.
Phoenix also recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and unveiled he had a passion to take on the role of a comic book franchise, but through the lens of character as opposed to spectacle:
Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains? Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?
So mark your proverbial calendars. Ideally with maniacally smiling faces.