Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Origin Movie Gets An Official Title

Joaquin Phoenix The Joker DC ComicsWarner Bros. is moving forward with an origin movie for The Joker, with three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix attached to star in the project. The movie’s official title is Joker, as revealed on Wednesday.

This new Joker project is said to have a budget of $55 million, a figure that’s much smaller than most of today’s comic book movies. Warner Bros. is looking to begin production this September.

The studio is looking to tap into Scorsese classics such as Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, with the film set in a gritty and grounded 1980s Gotham City. Todd Phillips is attached to direct the standalone piece, which is said to be separate from the DC Extended Universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines to expand the canon.

In addition to directing, Phillips is also writing the script with Scott Silver, the man behind the 2002 drama film 8 Mile starring Eminem. Here’s how the the studio is describing the project:

“Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

The Joker movie is expected to remain separate from the main cinematic universe, but Warner Bros. has quite a few other DC projects on the horizon. Aquaman is up first, hitting theaters on December 21, 2018, followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019. There’s also Wonder Woman 1984, which is slated for a November 1, 2019 release. The studio’s San Diego Comic-Con panel takes place this Saturday.

Joker opens in theaters on October 4, 2019. Keep an eye on Heroic Hollywood as more details on the Todd Phillips Joker project come out.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy

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The Dark Knight Batman Christian Bale Christopher NolanThanos may have made half the universe disappear in Avengers: Infinity War, but the film still has nothing on Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Typically referred to as “The Dark Knight” trilogy, the series chronicles Bruce Wayne’s transformation from a scared child into the legendary hero of Gotham City. More than just exciting action films, each one of Nolan’s Batman flicks tackles complex themes and is packed full of exhilarating performances.

Now that it’s been ten years since the release of The Dark Knight, it feels like the perfect time to look deeper into the trilogy. Christopher Nolan and his team are very detail-oriented filmmakers, so there are a lot of hidden Easter eggs and exciting moments to dissect.

Hit Next to learn 10 things you didn’t know about Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy!

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Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.