Joker will be the first R-rated live-action Batman movie

Filmmaker Todd Phillips has confirmed that the upcoming Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix will be rated R, making it the first R-rated, live-action Batman film.

Phillips confirmed the news over the weekend on Instagram, while sharing a chilling new photo of Phoenix on the set of Joker.

Todd Phillips has confirmed that the new Joker film, to be released this October, is set to be the first R-Rated live-action Batman film

Todd Phillips has confirmed that Joker, set to be out in cinemas this October, will be R-rated. The film, not to be confused with the Jared Leto movie of the same name, tells the story of the Joker, played by Joaquin Phoenix, as a failed stand-up comedian who becomes a psychopathic criminal mastermind after going insane.

Phillips posted a haunting image of Phoenix on the set of Joker over the weekend and confirmed the R-rating in a comment in response to a fan.  “It will be rated R,” he wrote “I’ve been asked this a lot. Just assumed people knew. Sorry.”


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However confident Phillips is of the rating, it’s definitely possible that Warner Bros. will get cold feet and insist on re-cutting the film to make it more box-office friendly.

If the film does remain R-rated as promised by Phillip, it would become the first live-action, R-rated Batman film, and the second R-rated Batman film of any kind after 2016’s animated film Batman: The Killing Joke.