Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Origin Movie Gets Greenlight! | Joaquin Phoenix, Movies, Todd Phillips

Irene MckinneyJul 12, 2018

We couldn't help but ask the actor why, when he'd been very publicly courted for lead role in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange", he would sign on to do this comic book adaptation instead.

DC Entertainment's Joker origin film is officially greenlit, with a tentative starting shoot day this fall.

Many have pointed to The Killing Joke as the basis for the film's origin story, but that seems to be questionable.

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.

Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver ("The Fighter").

Warner Bros. has also not yet announced a release date, but THR says there's a chance the film could be ready for release as soon as late 2019. There is no release date attached to the film, but it begins filming this Fall in NY. It will have a budget of around $55 million, which is quite a bit less than most superhero movies typically cost.

Phoenix is not the only A-lister playing the Clown Prince of Crime either; Jared Leto is also preparing to revisit his interpretation, last seen - albeit fleetingly - in 2016's Suicide Squad. While we wait to get some official looks at this new take on the character once filming gets underway, be sure to check out the art from BossLogic's Twitter account for yourself below.

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