It’s official; we’re getting three DCEU movies next year, and the latest film to get a release date is Todd Phillips’ Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joker is set to come out Oct. 4, 2019. The movie promises to be a smaller film compared to other DC releases, and it’s set to come out less than a month before Wonder Woman 1984 hits theaters.
At first I thought it was weird that the movie would come out so close to another DC film. After all, the movie before it, Shazam! comes out in April. Joker could have looked for a July release, but I guess that would put it in competition with Sony’s Spider-Man: Far from Home. Besides, July might not be enough to finish pre-production and promotion.
Since Joker promises to be an experimental, gritty character study compared to recent DC films, I’m guessing that the October release is supposed to pander to the Halloween season. After all, it’s the time where most horror movies come out of the box office. That could already be a clue on what kind of movie we should expect this film to be.
Joker is the first entry into a branch of DC spinoffs that will be set outside of the main DCEU timeline. It’s a pretty ballsy move for WB to pull off, but with competition like Marvel, you can’t blame them for trying to be creative.
Joker comes out Oct. 4, 2019.