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– by Campbell Clark

This will likely come as little surprise to our regular readers, we have been hearing strong rumours of this for quite a while now. DC would be making a standalone Joker Origin movie, NOT a part of the DCEU, and that Joaquin Phoenix would be playing the clown prince of crime. Whether this is the right movie for DC to make with Joker is up for debate, after all Jared Leto’s Joker was criticised heavily in Suicide Squad. However, a good movie is a good movie no matter what it is connected to, right?

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Now, THR is reporting that this film is a go and that Joaquin Phoenix has officially signed on to play the lead role. The shoot is scheduled to begin in New York this September from a script co-written by director Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Warner Bros still have not given a release date for the movie and reports also say the budget will be around $55 million, which is extremely low for a comic book property these days. There are also reports that Martin Scorsese will serve as a producer on the movie, but this is, as yet, unconfirmed.

The question here is, can the Joker work without Batman? I am reminded of the line spoken by Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker in The Dark Knight “I don’t want to kill you. What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, no. No, you, complete me.” Batman and Joker work off of one another, an obsessed vigilante detective who refuses to kill vs a master of chaos who just likes to watch the world burn. The Dark Knight worked so well because it captured the essence of the yin and yang of these two characters. We know Batman can work without Joker, (though his best stuff always involves Joker) but can Joker work without Batman?

I guess we will find out, probably sometime later in 2019, as you wouldn’t imagine a heavy post-production with a $55 million budget. Who knows, as a one-off film, this could end up being something a bit special, it could equally turn out to be a dumpster fire?

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SOURCE: THR