Joaquin Phoenix to star in Joker origin story for Warner Bros

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He very regularly imagines newly cast stars, or popular fan castings, in their comic book movie roles.

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Origin Movie a Go at Warner Bros. He's developed a reputation because his works are, quite simply, excellent time after time. Phoenix entered talks to take on the role this past February, but this was far from a done deal as the Oscar-nominated actor had previously been in prolonged talks to lead Marvel's Doctor Strange before ultimately backing out.

Many have pointed to The Killing Joke as the basis for the film's origin story, but that seems to be questionable. The stand-alone film will exist in a separate universe from Suicide Squad and Justice League.

Todd Phillips, most well known for his comedies including Old School, Starsky & Hutch and The Hangover, is lined up to direct. He co-wrote the script with Scott Silver (8 Mile). Shooting will begin in September.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, and independently confirmed by Gizmodo, the film will start shooting in NY in September.

The budget is also significantly lower than most "superhero" films at around $55million.

Look, we get it: making movies is a tough business.

Joaquin Phoenix's new Joker picture will present the "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale", in a reported movie premise obtained by Vulture.

No release date has yet been set for the still-untitled movie.

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