JOAQUIN PHOENIX's JOKER Movie Gets Greenlight

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Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly closed his deal to play The Joker in a standalone Warner Bros. film, which now has the greenlight to start production in September, per THR.

The film has been in development for some time, with Phoenix reportedly in talks for months. The Warner Bros. movie reportedly has a budget of only around $55 million, which is well below what other Warner Bros. superhero and villain movies have cost to produce.

THR reports Phillip's project will provide a darker depiction of the Joker that has never been seen in previous DC flicks.

The studio describes the upcoming Joker movie as an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale", The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday.

The film is co-written by Phillips and Scott Silver (8 Mile).

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Official plot details are still under wraps but the Joker origin film is to be a gritty and grounded crime film set in 1980s Gotham City, separate from DC's current shared cinematic universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines as the studio expands DC canon.

"Warner Bros" DC label, outside of Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad, hit a wall with Justice League last fall which significantly under-performed making $657.9M.

Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in "Suicide Squad".

This standalone project is just one of the Joker-related movies that DC now has in production.

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