Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Set for October 2019 Release Date

Todd Phillips set to direct supervillain origin story

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As San Diego Comic-Con gets underway, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow announced that “Joker,” the supervillain origin story that will star Joaquin Phoenix as Batman’s nemesis, will be released on October 4, 2019.

Todd Phillips will direct the film and is co-writing with Scott Silver, with the project said to be a mid-budget film rather than the $150 million-plus blockbusters that make up most superhero films. The film will also take a darker tone than “Suicide Squad” and will be partially based on the origin story given to the Joker by Alan Moore in the comic book “The Killing Joke.”

Warner Bros. and DC will present more of their upcoming slate, including this Christmas’ “Aquaman,” during their Hall H presentation at SDCC this Saturday.