After it was announced last week that the recently greenlit solo Joker film starring Jared Leto would not affect filmmaker Todd Phillips' own Joker origin movie, further details about Phillips' project have surfaced.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips' Joker film has a tentative start date to begin filming this fall with a reported budget of $55 million, a noticeably low budget for the production. For comparison, 2016's Deadpool had a reported production budget of $58 million, while most DCEU films come in far higher.
Joaquin Phoenix is expected to star as the Clown Prince of Crime in an origin story rumored to show the Batman villain's humble beginnings as a failed comedian in the 1980s.
As previously reported, Phillips' Joker film is expected to launch a new banner of DC film adaptations, which THR reports may be branded as "DC Black," or "DC Dark." Films under the new banner will be set outside of DCEU continuity to allow filmmakers a greater degree of creative freedom as they adapt DC properties.
Rumors of a new banner of DC films existing outside of DCEU continuity first surfaced when Phillips' Joker film was announced last August, but this is the first time the banner's potential name has been revealed.