The DC extended universe of films has been an interesting world over the past few months. After the struggles of “Justice League” were made public, there have been many opinions on how the DC universe should proceed. One idea that gained steam was to produce one-off films in a fairly unconnected universe. Warner Bros. explored this option, and Todd Philips directed, Martin Scorsese, produced “Joker” origin movie gained steam. With momentum moving forward, Joaquin Phoenix was cast in the lead role and now we have a release date.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. set an official release date of October 4th, 2019 for the one-off film. Production begins on the film as early as September and features a modest $55 million dollar budget. Scorsese is no longer directly involved in the production, but his fingerprints are all over the project. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, a frequent Scorsese collaborator is producing the new film. Richard Baratta is executive producing “Joker,” as well as “The Irishman” for Scorsese as well.
Phoenix is coming off one of the best performances of his career in “You Were Never Really Here.” He also has “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot” and “The Brothers Sisters” this year. Meanwhile, the DCEU has only one legitimate hit in “Wonder Woman.” In the meantime, it’s been eight months since “Justice League,” and we don’t get “Aquaman” until December. With hype building for “Aquaman,” “Shazam!,” and “Wonder Woman 1984,” DC may be turning things for the better. With any luck, Phoenix will be a big part of that turn.