It’s happening, a standalone Joker movie is set to begin production in New York this September. Batman’s iconic Nemesis will this time be portrayed by the incredibly versatile Joaquin Pheonix (Her, 2013. Walk the Line, 2005.)
The Joker origin movie will be directed and co-written by Todd Philips of the Hangover movies; and will be an, “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale,” said Warner Bros via The Hollywood Reporter.
But what about Jared Leto?! I hear you ask. Leto was the last in the line of astonishing actors to take the role, he did so in Suicide Squad which was admittedly met with mixed reviews worldwide. His portrayal of the character was completely removed from anything we had seen previously, but met with the overall tone of the Suicide Squad film. Fans of Leto’s Joker will be glad to know the Oscar Winner will be back for the Suicide Squad sequel, as well as a separate standalone project also developed by Warner Bros.
Phoenix, 43, has previously said he wasn’t against taking on the role of the Joker after reports named him as the next actor to personify the sinister comic character.
“I don’t know…it could be an interesting character, I don’t know,” Phoenix told Fandango in April, adding that he wouldn’t be opposed to comic book movies if the conditions were right.
“I see it as any other movie,” he said. “I wouldn’t say…’I won’t do Westerns.’ It depends on what it is. I don’t really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that’s what you want to do. So I wouldn’t say, hands down, no — I wouldn’t do that kind of movie.”