Though a Jared Leto Joker movie has just been greenlit by Warner Bros, let’s not forget that the first Joker film that went into development was the Martin Scorsese-produced Joker being directed by Todd Phillips. Apparently, the movie is set to start production sooner than we thought.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is set to start production fall of this year. The film is said to have a budget of only $55 million, which is kind of small compared to the other DCEU films that cost upwards of $100 million to make.
The movie is set to be in an alternate timeline apart from the DCEU, and promises to be a more grounded and gritty look at the character. It’s also said that the movie will draw influences from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.
With the film taking place in its own universe, DC is said to be planning a label for their standalone films in the line of DC Dark or DC Black. Personally, I think they should just call the movies DC Elseworlds, because the “Dark/Black” tags may back the other standalone movies in a creative corner.
I’ll admit producing two Joker films seems like a questionable move, but DC Films head Walter Hamada seems to be very confident with where he’s taking the franchise.
No release date has been announced for Todd Phillips’ Joker movie.