It's official: Joaquin Phoenix will be the next Clown Prince of Crime. In March, a report suggested that the film would follow the Joker as an '80s comedian, who turns to a life of crime after his stand-up career fails. Now, Hollywood Reporter confirms that the movie has been green-lit and is a go. However, Scorsese's producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff is still aboard here with Richard Baratta as EP. Phoenix had been rumored to have the lead role for months, but played coy about whether or not he was aware of the part.
"I don't know...it could be an interesting character, I don't know", Phoenix told Fandango in April, adding that he wouldn't be opposed to comic book movies if the conditions were right. Phoenix said back in April. With shades of the classic Hitchcock character Norman Bates, the future Joker is more isolated and tortured even before suffering sudden loss after accepting the incredible responsibility of caring for his ailing mother alone.
Joaquin Phoenix is officially stepping into the purple suit of Batman's greatest foe.
Many have pointed to The Killing Joke as the basis for the film's origin story, but that seems to be questionable.
There is no release date set for the Joker film, with a possible target being around late 2019; until then, I'll be coping with the news by writing the word "damaged" on my forehead with permanent marker.