– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Count me surprised. We hear rumblings of so many DC films these days that it’s easy to lose track of them and ultimately assume they’ll slowly sort of disappear into the ether. We’ve seen that happen with many of the films in the back half of their initial slate, and when news hit about a standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Extended Universe, I didn’t think it would gain traction for at least another couple years.

However, as we’ve reported in the past, they’re aiming to shoot the Todd Phillips-directed, Joaquin Phoenix-starring flick this September, but even then, in this business, you’re conditioned not to believe a damn thing until you’re sitting in the movie theater. This is especially the case when we’re talking about potentially game-changing flicks like this.

But it sounds like the studio is well on the way to making this a reality. A new report from That Hashtag Show states that Phillips is assembling his crew to make this film a reality. For starters, the film is going under the working title Romeo, and while this likely means nothing in terms of content, it certainly lends some credence to the idea that this movie is happening.

His casting director is Ocean’s 8 Shayna Markowitz, and Phillips’ long-time collaborator Lawrence Sher, who worked with him on the Hangover movies and War Dogs, is on board for this movie as well. Noah’s Mark Friedberg will be production designer, and Fifty Shades of Grey costume designer Mark Bridges will also be handling the costuming for the Joker.

Again, nothing in this business is confirmed until we’re actually seeing it, but this is a start. What do you think about this progress? Do you think this movie is actually happening? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.