One of the upcoming movies from the world of DC, is the ambiguous Joker origin film that will star Joaquin Phoenix as the iconic Batman villain. As production is getting closer and closer, the film’s director Todd Phillips recently shared on his Instagram a tease ahead of production which you can see below.
Despite coming from Warner Bros., this film will not be part of the current main DC films world, now being referred to as the Worlds of DC. Recently it was announced that 30 Rock star Alex Baldwin was set to portray Thomas Wayne, the father of our Caped Crusader, in the film, before he ended up dropping out of the movie barely three days after the announcement. If Thomas is still in the current draft of the script, a new actor will most likely be filling the role soon. Joker will be kicking off production this month in New York as the picture will focus on the origin story of Gotham City’s most famous super-villain.
This is however not the only Joker movie that is in the works at Warner Bros. After making his debut in Suicide Squad, Jared Leto’s Joker also has a film in the works, although it remains to be seen where that project will go. No director, producer or even a writer is currently attached to it. It wouldn’t be shocking to see if Phoenix’s Joker project ends up dictating whether or not Leto’s incarnation of the character gets his film or not, should this one be successful.
This will mark the beginning of a new DC umbrella for the studio as WB is planning an Elseworlds-esque line of movies. That would mean that multiple actors would be able to portray a character at the same time as the actors who are in the Worlds of DC. Currently, this is the only project that we know of from that DC umbrella, but should Joker be a hit, we may hear new projects taking place outside the Worlds of DC fairly quickly after it. With filming approaching, more casting news should be coming out very soon.
Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, Robert DeNiro and Marc Maro, will hit theaters on October 4, 2019. Are you excited about the Joker movie? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts and be sure to stay tuned here on That Hashtag Show for everything trending in geek pop culture!