Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play The Joker In Standalone Origin Film

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips's Standalone DC Movie

Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play the Joker in Todd Phillips's Standalone DC Movie

Warner Bros. was previously reported to be eyeing Leonardo Dicaprio for the Joker, but the latest report reveals Phoenix is in talks to play the character in the film. Read on to find out more.

Variety says parties have yet to enter negotiations, but Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is his top choice. Phillips is co-writing the script with Scott Silver.

What's still most baffling about this project is the involvement of Phillips, who crafts collections of moving images that resemble movies, but are really just trash piles that you watch while contemplating the finality of all existence. Word is that Phillips already had Phoenix in mind for the part since before the new year, but was waiting to get the green light from the studio to go ahead and give him the offer. One report last fall claimed the actor was perturbed when Warner Bros. began shopping for a new actor for the role.

The first film to take advantage of that would be a standalone Joker film directed by The Hangover helmer Todd Phillips. The untitled Joker origin movie will explore how the Joker became a mastermind felon. It is said the film will be more of a gritty hard-boiled crime drama than a traditional comic book movie.

The film falls under the yet to be announced banner of DC Comics, which gives the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the insane comic book character with story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe.

Phoenix has been up for a few villainous DC characters before: he passed on the role of Lex Luthor for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Rather than use the DCEU's version of the Joker portrayed by Jared Leto, this film would be part of an independent branch of DC Films that have no connections to other titles.

He was nearly Doctor Strange, to the point where there were rumors he was going to be announced at SDCC until both parties went other directions.

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