Joaquin Phoenix will play The Joker in a new origin film

It will be executive produced by Martin Scorsese

Joaquin Phoenix will take on the role of The Joker in a new movie. Warner Bros. confirmed the news, adding that the film will be darker than previous DC efforts.

It will be directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips, while movie legend Martin Scorsese will be on hand as executive producer. The script is a collaborative effort between Phillips and Scott Silver, whose previous movie’s include Eminem’s 8 Mile.

The studio have a $55million budget according to Variety, with the studio describing the premise as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”

This will be the first time Joaquin Phoenix has stepped into the DC Extended Universe, after winning the best actor award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for his recent film You Were Never Really Here.

Last month it was reported that Jared Leto‘s Joker is also set to get his own spin-off movie.

He will reportedly star in and executive produce a new standalone film, however no director, producer, or scriptwriter is currently attached to the project.

The news comes after Warner Bros announced plans for Margot Robbie’s own version of Harley Quinn, a project she has been working on for several years.

“I mean it’s hard to kinda talk about it because all this stuff is under lock and key, but yeah I’ve been working on a separate spin-off for Harley for a while now,” she said. “Honestly, I don’t think anyone knows what’s going to be the next thing to happen, but I think everyone is keen to getting Harley back on screen so everyone is working on lots of different versions of what could be next.”

Speaking about what she would want to do with Harley in the project, Robbie said: “I would like to see her with other women. I kept saying it when we were shooting Suicide Squad – she needs her girlfriends. She needs other girls around her cos she loves that.

“You see it in the comics. She loves meeting people – any people – but she needs a little girl gang.”