The Joker Standalone Movie Director Shares Photo of Joaquin Phoenix as 'Arthur'

Joaquin Phoenix'The Sisters Brothers' premiere Toronto International Film Festival Canada- 08 Sep 2018

Joaquin Phoenix'The Sisters Brothers' premiere Toronto International Film Festival Canada- 08 Sep 2018

But all that was subject to change this afternoon after Warner Bros. released a portrait of Joaquin Phoenix in costume and make-up.

Along with the headshot, we also learned the Joker's real name: Arthur.

Pictures' Joker origin movie, and it is not what you would expect. He boops him. It's cute.

Robert De Niro is in talks to join the film, as a talk-show host who plays a part in driving Phoenix's character to go mad and become the Clown Prince of Crime.

The writer-director posted a photo earlier today on his Instagram account showing a shaggy-haired, haggard Phoenix revealing the character's name to be Arthur.

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The film is due to be released in October 2019 and will stand on its own (so, no clashes with Jared Leto's Joker or DC's other films). With a $55 million budget, the current consensus is that the film will be more of a character study than a blockbuster action flick. It's made even more interesting when (huzzah!) you realise the film is being made with no connection to the broader slate of DC Universe films.

The synopsis of the film says, "Under the direction of Todd Phillips, the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen".

The now untitled movie is described as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society that is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

On Instagram, on Sunday, September 16, Phillips officially revealed the first photograph of Phoenix in character, looking weathered and sporting a frightful hairstyle.

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