The Joker movie is expected to remain separate from the main cinematic universe, but Warner Bros. has quite a few other DC projects on the horizon.
The studio made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the start of Comic-Con.
The studio announced last week that Joaquin Phoenix finalized a deal to star in the movie, directed by "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips. The Phoenix film will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a criminal mastermind. Scott Silver co-wrote the script with Phillips.
Phoenix talked about the latest reinvention of the Clown Prince of Crime in a recent interview with Collider. Murray Franklin appears to be the safe bet, given De Niro's attributes closely match a previous casting call that was put out before Warner Bros. issued the green light. With production set to kick off in September, the film is now scheduled to arrive in theaters on October 4, 2019 - just a month before Wonder Woman 1984.
"Joker" becomes the third title slated for October 4, 2019, joining Fox's thriller "The Woman in the Window" and Paramount's sci-fier "Gemini Man". Probably because Jared Leto is still playing The Joker in the DCEU.
Its budget is in the $55 million range, significantly lower than the tentpoles that dominate the form, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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