The Joaquin Phoenix standalone Joker movie will make its theatrical debut October 4, 2019. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, now officially named Joker, is set to begin production later this year. Warner Bros. made the announcement just ahead of San Diego Comic-Con 2018.


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Joker‘s budget is in the $55 million range, significantly lower than the tentpoles that dominate the form. And the movie, set to begin production later this year, is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content

Directed by 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 new Joker movie with Phoenix is separate from the other one starring Jared Leto as the Clown Prince of Crime. Phoenix’s movie will reportedly have no impact on Leto’s portrayal of The Joker in future movies–including Suicide Squad 2 and his film.