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Joker Origin Movie Rumored to Begin Production in May

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Although there's little sign of movement on Warner Bros.' The Batman, director Todd Phillips' Joker origin movie could move into production as soon as May.

Little is known about the project beyond that it's set in a gritty 1980s Gotham City and won't fall under the so-called DC Extended Universe banner that's home to films like Justice League and Wonder Woman. Martin Scorsese is attached as a producer.

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According to The Tracking Board Editor-in-Chief Jeff Sneider, Untitled Joker Origin Story Project will begin production on May 1.

That follows a report from last month that Joaquin Phoenix could star as The Joker. Sneider's source also links Phoenix to the role.

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Given the apparent effect Justice League has had on the studio's superhero plans, Warner Bros. branch out into more diverse projects like Joker, Nightwing and Gotham City Sirens before returning to the "main" storyline of the Justice League. We've already heard how Flashpoint and Batgirl could be next on the studio's slate after Wonder Woman 2, but the Joker origin might also be coming sooner rather than later.

Director David F. Sandberg's Shazam! is filming now, and Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman 2 is expected to go into production this summer, for release in 2019. The next release on Warner Bros.' DC slate is James Wan's Aquaman, which arrives in theaters in December.

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