The movie is said to revolve around Batman's arch-nemesis' origin story, which the studio describes as being an "exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joaquin will begin shooting the movie in NY in September. The film is expected to begin shooting in September with a relatively low budget of $55 million.
But now Phoenix has reportedly finalized his deal to play Joker in this untitled standalone, which Phillips-the filmmaker behind The Hangover trilogy and the crime film War Dogs-will direct from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver.
Whatever the case may be, Phoenix is one of the finest actors of his generation and watching him portray the gradual descent of a normal man into the deranged mind of the Joker will be fascinating.
Are you excited to see what Phoenix brings to the Joker? "I think it's cool when people do that", he added.
For fans wondering about Jared Leto, who most recently played the famed villain in "Suicide Squad", Variety reports that the Oscar-winner will be back for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, as well as a separate standalone project that will be developed by Warner Bros. That we're confident about.