Warner Bros. Pictures is going with a near-Halloween release for Joker, which features Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. Director Todd Phillips‘ standalone Joker origin story will hit theaters on Oct. 4, 2019, says THR.
Shooting on the “dark” and “experimental” crime drama set to begin in New York this coming September. The studio describes it as being “an exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
Scott Silver co-wrote the script. Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street) is producing, with Richard Baratta on board as an executive producer.
It was reported earlier this month that Warner Bros. is moving forward with plans to bring Jared Leto‘s interpretation of the Joker back to the big screen. Leto became the latest to wear the makeup in 2016’s Suicide Squad, although Margot Robbie‘s Harley Quinn stole the show. Leto is set to star and exec produce an untitled standalone film, paving the way for future movies branching from Suicide Squad. Warner Bros. already announced that Robbie’s Harley Quinn would be getting her own movie with a Birds of Prey feature.
The DC Universe is heading down an exciting new road after the collapse of the Snyder-verse.