'Joker' Origin Movie Lands Fall 2019 Release Date This is another example IMO of DC getting it wrong. One, I think Phoenix is straight up miscast. Two, this is now the third actor to play the Joker in a relatively short period. Its a huge bummer that Heath Ledger died and not just because of the impact on your IP, but to have Jared Leto play him for one movie (Suicide Squad) and then a couple years later move on to Joaquin Phoenix? I'll say this, I like Phoenix and think he is a very skilled actor that is not afraid to play weirdos so we'll see. But, maybe they should have just not greenlit this at all.